Governors propose creation of Prime Minister position

The Council of Governors has proposed amendments to the constitution which they say is focused on strengthening devolution and expanding the executive by providing the position of the Prime Minister.

They opined that the amendments should provide for a national executive structure comprising of the President as Head of State, Deputy President, and Prime Minister as Head of Government and two Deputy Prime Ministers.

In their proposal also, the Cabinet shall consist of not more than 18 other Ministers and 22 Deputies from among Members of Parliament.

Council Chairperson and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya explained that most of their proposals were based on the challenges governors have faced since devolution started.

Ugatuzi Initiative

The draft proposals dubbed the Ugatuzi Initiative further proposes that for every Financial Year the equitable share of the revenue raised nationally for county governments shall not be less than 45 percent of the previous year’s revenue collected by the National Government and calculated on the basis of declared exchequer accounts.

“5 percent of 45 percent of what Counties receive shall be reserved for the special interest groups (youth, women, Persons with Disabilities and other marginalized/vulnerable groups) as computed by Commission for Revenue Allocation,” CoG Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya said.