NGOs tip Governors, caution Senators

October 14, 2014 1:09 pm
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The groups say it is only through accountability that delivery of services at the county level will trickle to the grassroots/FILE
The groups say it is only through accountability that delivery of services at the county level will trickle to the grassroots/FILE
NAIROBI Kenya, Oct 14 – A group of Non Governmental Organisations under the umbrella Devolution Forum has called on Governors to be accountable in the use of county resources.

The groups say it is only through accountability that delivery of services at the county level will trickle to the grassroots.

Wanjiru Gikonyo who spoke to journalists on behalf of the other organisations however cautioned Senators from using their constitutional powers to summon Governors on political grounds.

“We wish to tell all those holding legislative positions to remember they work for Kenyans and not for themselves and do desist from these political contest that are undermining devolution that belongs to the people of Kenya,” she stated.

They also want both the national and county governments to form policies that will guide smooth delivery of services at all levels.

Gikonyo says this will reduce conflicts on who should perform what task, which results in delays implementing projects.

“We are witnessing ongoing unhealthy indecisive competition between the national and the county governments and this is creating a perception that devolution is an ongoing unhealthy political debate,” she complained.

“We need to see national institutions and the county governments commit themselves to complete the policy process.”

She said the process should be expeditious since “some policies and policy review policies at the county and national government levels have a direct bearing on service delivery in terms of standards and norms.”

Specifically, they want a clear framework for the transfer and costing of functions.

They also called on the Lands Ministry and the National Land Commission to work together in a bid to generate a framework for the management of land “which respects the functional distinctness of county governments.”

“It is the mandate of the National Land Commission under the relevant statute to oversee establishment of County Land Management Boards. There is no clear mechanism for migration from the previous central government appointed boards to those to those appointed by the land commission,” she pointed out.

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