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Monday, 21 June 2021 16:58

GOVERNORS COMMIT TO PROTECT DEVOLUTION

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The Council of Governors held a physical Council of Governors (CoG) Meeting on 27th May 2021 at Tamarind Hotel, Nairobi to deliberate on pertinent issues affecting County Governments in accordance with the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012. This was the second physical meeting the Governors have held since January 2021. Several other meetings have however been held virtually. Some of the key issues discussed included: Safeguarding devolution; Disbursements of County Equitable Share of revenue; Pending Bills and the Conditional and non-conditional Grants legal framework for the Financial Year (FY) 2021/2022. Speaking during the meeting, Council of Governors Chairman, H.E Martin Wambora expressed his gratitude to fellow governors for honoring the invitation to physically attend the meeting at a time when the Country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wish to thank you all for honoring the invitation to attend this meeting. Since we held our executive elections in January 2021, this is the second time I am chairing a physical full Council meeting”. Expressed the chairman. During the meeting, it was noted with concern the increased action of impeachment of Governors. Recently, Wajir County has been on the headlines due to the impeachment of Governor H.E Mohamed Mohamud.
However, his position, as Governor, has since been reaffirmed by the Meru Court. It was eminent that oversight bodies had lowered the threshold for the impeachment of Governors and this largely exposes the Counties to political upheavals. It was further reported that the Court of Appeal and possibly the Supreme Court will provide clarity on the threshold of impeachment of a Governor. “The said courts will also provide clarity on the attendant process of assumption of office”, said Governor Wambora during the meeting.
The meeting culminated in resolutions followed by a media press briefing by COG Chairman H.E Hon Martin Wambora. The statement addressed the issue of impeachment of Governors with the most recent being in Wajir County. He stated that, “The Council of Governors notes the orders by the Honorable High Court in Meru that re-affirmed the position of the Wajir County Governor H.E Amb. Mohamed Mohamud…the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court will provide clarity on the threshold of impeaching a Governor…and the attendant process of assumption of office”.
The Statement also addressed the issue of the delay in disbursement of the County Equitable Share for FY 2020/2021 which amounts to Ksh. 242,686,833,790.00 (inclusive of Ksh.26.9 Billion arrears for FY 19/20).
“This delay has continued to derail our response measures to the COVID 19 pandemic, payment of pending bills, and service delivery to Kenyans. As a matter of urgency, we call upon the National Treasury, to immediately release the funds to Counties”, The Chairman stated.
In conclusion, he reassured the public of the Council's commitment to safeguarding devolution.

 

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