William Ruto opposes Constitution changes

March 17, 2014 3:17 pm
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Ruto said all leaders should work together in ensuring devolution of services to counties was successful/REBECCA NDUKU-DPPS
Ruto said all leaders should work together in ensuring devolution of services to counties was successful/REBECCA NDUKU-DPPS
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 17- Deputy President William Ruto says the problems facing devolution do not necessarily call for the amendment of the Constitution.

Addressing a conference of Deputy Governors in Nakuru County on Monday, he said the teething problems do not mean that time was ripe to change the Constitution, while saying the Jubilee administration will surmount such challenges.

Ruto said all leaders should work together in ensuring devolution of services to counties was successful.

“I want to assure you that we will implement the letter and the spirit of the Constitution,” he said.

As a show of the Government’s commitment to the full implementation of the Constitution, the Deputy President pointed out that county governments have been funded up to 32 percent to implement development projects.

He said the aim of devolution in the Constitution was to solve the problem of marginalisation and inequality of resources in the country, saying efforts must be made to ensure its accomplishment.

“To cure marginalisation and inequality of resources in this country, the drafters of the constitutions came up with devolution as the only way to correct these problems. This is why we must ensure the implementation of devolution,” he affirmed.

The chairperson of the Council of Deputy Governors Evalyn Aruasa who also addressed the forum said they will support the national government in ensuring the full implementation of the constitution.

“We want to commend the national government for the efforts it has made so far to ensure the success of the constitution,” she said.

She however said they deputy governors just like other leaders needed a well outlined guideline on their role in the development of their respective counties.

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said teamwork and unity among leaders was key to the success of the implementation of the constitution.

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