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Daily Nation : January 27th 2014
20 | County News BUSIA BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Governors have denied reports that county governments wanted education devolved. Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong yesterday said governors had no intention of taking over the sector but only certain sections of the same. He said county bosses only wanted Governors deny they want education devolved 76pc hiring and payment of teachers. “We have no intention of taking over hiring and payment of teachers. We have left that to the national government,” he said. “What we want to do is just im- prove learning conditions by building classrooms.” Mr Ojaamong was reacting after to assist in infrastructural development to boost quality and access. Mr Ojaamong dismissed reports that they wanted to take over the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) officials warned governors against what they termed as “interference with teachers’ affairs”. Knut deputy chairman Wycliffe Mutei said the union was completely NYERI | Elgeyo Marakwet senator opposes new taxes Kindiki wants county workforces reduced Lay-offs will save cash that can be used to develop regions, argues Leader of Majority BY DANIEL OTIENO firstname.lastname@example.org sacking of workers in county governments to reduce the wage bill. But Prof Kindiki is op- S posed to the abolition of the devolved units, saying they should instead be restructured to plug holes in their budgets. “Let us give devolution a chance. We need all the 47 counties but we must find a way to reduce the wage bill so that a larger portion of the budget is devoted to development,” he told a meeting in Kieni constituency. The Tharaka-Nithi sena- tor was accompanied by his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen, among others. MPs from both sides of the House have in the last few weeks publicly voiced their KISUMU Police should be under our control, says governor BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Police officers in counties should not report directly to the national government, deputy Governor Ruth Odinga has said. Ms Odinga said this was affect- ing coordination in county security matters. She was reacting to insecurity in the town. The deputy Governor said her of- fice received no communication from the police when crimes occurred. “How then are we to provide fuel and other needs to a department that is not under us?” Ms Odinga asked. She was speaking during the launch of a report on citizens’ participation in the county’s integrated development plan following a survey by the National Taxpayers Association last year. The association’s Nyanza regional officer, Mr Patrick Nyangweso, said that 60 per cent of the residents of Kisumu knew about the county’s integrated development plan. Only 25 per cent attended meetings called by the county government, he lamented. “The public has a big role to play How then are we to provide fuel and other needs to a department that is not under us” Kisumu deputy Governor Ruth Odinga in the county planning. But it is sad that the residents don’t take the initiative to visit the county assembly gallery. “They argue on development mat- ters from a point of little knowledge,” said Mr Nyangweso. The findings also showed that 52 per cent of Kisumu residents learnt about the county meetings through newspaper adverts, 19 per cent through friends and 15 per cent through notice boards. enate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki has backed calls for the Number of counties in the country. Some leaders want them reduced 47 reduction in the number of counties. Prof Kindiki said that a Bill had been tabled in the Senate making it mandatory for the governor and other county elected leaders to hold consultative meetings before imposing taxes or spending money on development. “The county development board proposed in the Bill will ensure that all elected leaders meet and decide on the development agenda of their areas.” The senator argued that the ‘‘ Let us give devolution a chance. We need all 47 counties but we must find a way to reduce the wage bill” Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki disappointment with the way the counties are being run, with some proposing a Bill would not only protect public funds, but also ensure that there was no duplication of projects by the county, CDF or “any other financier who may decide to put up a project.” Anti-poor policy Mr Murkomen said the riots against county governments witnessed in the past days were a result of lack of consultation with residents. Some of the levies also punished the poor. “Devolution was meant to help the poor but some counties are now introducing taxes on chicken and camel milk. This is unfair and clearly indicates that they are out of touch with reality,” he said. opposed to education sector being devolved, citing lack of ability by counties to handle the docket. Transition rate from primary to secondary school. Governors say they want to boost access to secondary education Mr Mutei said governors should leave teachers’ affairs to the national government. “We believe the county governments cannot handle the education sector and we are asking them to leave it alone,” he said. “If they cannot properly manage their counties and staff how then can they handle the teachers’ issues?” he added. The leaders were speaking in Kamolo, Teso North, during the burial of Hellen Ekirapa, mother of Knut executive officer George Okwara. NYERI |Mau Mau fighter buried DAILY NATION Monday January 27, 2014 BRIEFLY BARINGO Irrigation project to create jobs for youths More than 57,000 hectares are to be put under irrigation. This is expected to create thousands of jobs for the county’s youths. Geothermal Development Company has finalised plans to generate 3,000 megawatts of electricity in the area. The firm’s managing director, Dr Silas Simiyu, said the project, which will start in May, will see the production of 576,000 tonnes of water every day. BARINGO Lobbyists question nominees’ suitability The suitability of some nomi- nees for the position of chief officers due to be vetted today has been questioned. Civil society groups have claimed that their recruitment was flawed. The nine nominees will be vetted by a Baringo County Assembly committee chaired by Speaker William Kamket. County Human Rights Consortium claimed the recruitment was flawed. NYAMIRA Health workers rescue abandoned children Two children abandoned by their mother were over the weekend rescued by health workers. The children aged five and three years were found locked inside a hut in Bigege sub-location, Nyamira County, after a nurse received a tip-off from locals. Area health director, Dr Jack Magara, dispatched an ambulance to the home that took the minors to hospital. The mother claimed she had gone to look for food. SIAYA 1,000 litres of illicit brews seized in raid Police have arrested a woman JOSEPH KANYI I NATION Kieni MP Kanini Kega addresses mourners during the burial of Mau Mau fighter Theuri Njugi alias General Kimbo at Kabendera Village in Kieni on Saturday. Mr Kega appealed to the government to ensure all freedom fighters were honoured and helped to lead decent lives. and impounded over 1,000 litres of kang’ara and 30 litres of chang’aa during a raid on drinking dens in Ramula Village, East Gem location. Wagai district officer Adams Kadilo, who led the crackdown, said the police acted after public complaints about the high rate of illicit brews originationg from the region. He said several brewers managed to escape. HOMA BAY Agency probes graft claims in office tender The anti-corruption commis- sion is investigating claims of irregular allocation of tenders in Homa Bay. In a letter sent to the County Assembly, the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission accuses the legislature of awarding tenders to construct ward offices without following the law. Efforts to get a comment from the Interim Clerk Joseph Nyamokeri were fruitless as he did not answer calls or reply messages.
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