DP asks Governors to reconsider decision to shut down counties

Deputy President William Ruto has asked the Council of Governors to reconsider its decision to shut down counties.

He said there were better ways to addressing the stalemate.

The Deputy President urged Governors to take advantage of the Supreme Court ruling that unlocks 50 per cent of their total allocation.

Dr Ruto said the partial shutting down of counties would derail the country’s development agenda adding that counties were an integral part in ensuring equal distribution of resources.

“No county should be shut down because there is a way they can receive resources,” he explained.

Dr Ruto spoke today at his Karen residence during a prayer meeting attended by Kajiado County faith and political leaders.

Present were MPs George Sunkuyia (Kajiado West), Mary Senata (Nominated), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Lemanken Aramat (Narok East), Mwambu Mabonga (Bumula), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango), George Kariuki (Ndia), Kimani Ichunywa (Kikuyu), Philip Mpayeei (Kajiado County), Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka Nithi).

At the same time, Dr Ruto appealed to Senators to take advantage of the additional resources allocated to counties to end the revenue sharing formula stalemate.

Dr Ruto said the Senate must come up with a formula that will ensure no county is disadvantaged.

Dr Ruto asked Jubilee Party leaders not to lose focus on the party’s manifesto.

He said the Party promised to unite Kenyans and transform the country through the implementation of development projects.

“The foundation of Jubilee is to unite Kenyans from all communities and eliminate tribalism because united we can achieve everything we want.”

On his part, Mr Mabonga said Jubilee Party was committed to the development of the country as outlined in the party’s manifesto.

He said: “We want to see this nation prosper because that was the agenda of Jubilee Party.”

Mr Sunkuyia said they would stand firm in the party to ensure the party does not fall apart.

Mr Ichungwa said the country was better off prioritizing economic recovery to secure jobs as opposed to amending the constitution.

The Kikuyu legislator said the country should focus on implementing the 2010 constitution saying it was the best Africa.

“All we need is to implement this Constitution to the letter, if we do that we do not need to change anything else in it.”

Ms Jumwa said it would be wise to implement other reports citing the Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission and the Ndung’u report.