NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – Nairobi County Governor Dr Evans Kidero on Monday urged county assemblies to ensure that bills they pass are in the interest of the public.
Speaking during the county attorneys’ training on legislation, he said passing bills was not a favour to the public but a role that the leaders were elected to perform.
He criticised MCAs who fail to pass bills thinking they are punishing the executive.
“Many of the MCAs have been refusing to pass or attend to bills thinking that they are doing the Executive a favour yet it is a very important and critical role they play in the formulation of laws that govern county Governments,” he complained.
According to Kidero, failing to pass bills was a great disservice to the public.
“Passing of the bills is for the good of the county and not the Executive. Refusal to pass such bills in not a punishment for the executive but the same people who elected you,” Kidero said.
Kidero reminded the county assemblies that it is there role to create and facilitate creation of county laws to fast track development within legal framework.
He also urged the County Executive to develop adequate policies that can be used to anchor legislative processes.
“I appeal to you that for devolution to work, we have to protect the integrity of the legal processes for the counties and deliver on the mandate of your employment with commitment and respect of rule of law. I urge you to uphold integrity and professionalism in managing cases on behalf of the Counties that have employed or seek your legal counsel and not to collude with the offenders for selfish gains.”
The training was attended by County Attorneys, Assembly Clerks and other legal advisors from the 47 Counties under the umbrella of the Council of Governors in partnership with the National Government with the support of International Development Law organization (IDLO) and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA).