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Governors trash Kiunjuri’s transition plan, demand respect for autonomy

Governors have rejected the Devolution ministry’s plan on county bosses assumption of office.

Council chairman Josphat Nanok (Turkana) on Wednesday said CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has no place in the supervision of county governments.

Nanok, who has been re-elected,said the Cabient Secretary must not dictate the programme for governors’ swearing-in.

He said Kiunjuri must recognise county governments are independent and have full capacity to run their own affairs.

“County governments are full-fledged governments. They are not local authorities to be supervised by a national government ministry.”

In a statement, Nanok noted the assumption of office by governors is guided by a gazette notice.

He issued the statement after Kiunjuri said assumption of office committees had been set up to oversee a smooth transition.

The committee is to perform tasks including facilitating the handing over process. It will also coordinate briefings of the governor-elect by relevant county public officers.

It is also to facilitate communication between the exiting team and governors-elect as well as organise the swearing-in ceremony.

But to governors, the ministry is only a member of the committee hence should not call the shots.

“The assumption of office of the governor is the responsibility of the mentioned committee,” Nanok said.

“It is erroneous for Kiunjuri to project to the public that it is necessary for the ministry to guide counties on the assumption of office.”

The county bosses are also opposed to the requirement that outgoing governors present themselves before parliamentary committees when summoned.

Their position is that institutions must abide by the court ruling for accounting officers to be the first contact persons on public finance management matters.

“The Devolution ministry has no role in accountability matters of counties,” Nanoksaid.

Governors want the senate, county assemblies, EACC and the Director of Public Prosecution given room to execute such mandates.

Nanok further said matters of governors’ pension will be strictly dealt with by counties.

“At the moment, counties are still under the leadership of current governors whose independence must be respected with utmost fidelity,” he said. “There is no vacuum to be filled by the ministry.”

The swearing-in ceremonies will start tomorrow and run until next Thursday.

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