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Daily Nation : January 31st 2014
2 | National News DAILY NATION Friday January 31, 2014 WARNING | County chiefs say impeachment motions threat to devolution Governors oppose bid to kick out Wambora Embu governor accused of corruption and abuse of office PHOTO | PSCU President Kenyatta receives a bouquet when he arrived in Addis Ababa yesterday to attend the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State and Government Summit. Uhuru defends Kenya’s youth record President Kenyatta has de- fended the government record in promoting a youth agenda before an African Union summit in Ethiopia. The President yesterday said the government had established the National Youth Council to boost the voice of young people and increase their participation in decision making. The council, he said, was engaging with national and international institutions in defending the wishes and aspirations of young men and women. He spoke in Addis Ababa during the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of AU Heads of State and Government on Kenya’s progress in the implementation of the African Youth Charter. The charter was adopted by African Union on July 2, 2006 in the Gambia and provides guidelines for youth empowerment. Mr Kenyatta said Kenya was in the process of ratifying the charter and a framework for the same had been put in place. He cited the National Youth Policy, which will guide the implementation of government programmes targeted at empowering young people. He said the country’s Sh51bn Amount disbursed through Youth Enterprise Fund, according to Mr Kenyatta Constitution had increased opportunities for youth participation in social, economic and political spheres within the devolved structure of government. “In line with the current government policy of mainstreaming youth issues across all government sectors, all planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of government programmes must now have components for the youth,” he told the summit. President Kenyatta said a Youth Enterprise Fund had been established to inculcate an entrepreneurial culture among the youth and create jobs. Since the creation of the fund, he said, the government had disbursed over Sh51.6 billion, supported the establishment of over 20,000 youth enterprises and trained over 200,000 entrepreneurs. During the summit Maurita- nia’s President Mohamed Aziz assumed AU’s chairmanship. (PSCU) BY BERNARD NAMUNANE firstname.lastname@example.org AND CHARLES WANYORO threat following the passing of an impeachment motion against one of their counterparts. The Council of Governors, G however, vowed to fight the new avenue which they claimed was being taken advantage of by their rivals, stating that due process should be followed before any county chief was removed from office. The council’s secretary, Mr Kenneth Lusaka, was categorical that the passage of a motion of impeachment against Embu Governor Nyaga Wambora was just the beginning of such manipulations which, he said, had to be stopped. “This (impeachment mo- SMS ‘BREAKING NEWS’ to 20667 tion) is not only a threat to governors but to the entire process of devolution. It must be closely watched and care should be taken to ensure everything goes to the final stage as provided for in the Constitution,” he said by phone. Mr Lusaka, who is the Bungoma Governor, argued that “This (impeachment motion) is not only a threat to governors but to the entire process of devolution. It must be closely watched and care should be taken to ensure everything goes to the final stage as provided for in the Constitution.” Council of Governors secretary Kenneth Lusaka impeachment motions posed a threat to the stability of county governments which were yet to stand on their feet. He noted that the first batch of governors had laid the foundation and should only be kicked out of office on factual grounds as provided for in the Constitution. “The process is supposed to be watertight and the accused persons have to be given overnors have warned that devolution has come under a new REACTION Impeachment motion threat a chance to defend themselves. If it continues, it will be a threat to governors who are facing daunting challenges in the formative stages of county governments because it will require the whole process to start from scratch,” he said. Mr Lusaka spoke two days after the Embu Assembly passed a motion of impeachment against Mr Wambora and his deputy, Ms Dorothy Nditi, over allegations of corruption and abuse of office. Mr Wambora’s fate now lies with the Senate, whose Speaker, is supposed to convene a House meeting to hear the charges against the governor. But Mr Wambora yesterday asked the Senate not to discuss the proceedings of his impeachment, saying they were based on an illegality since there was a court order barring the motions. He said the High Court had issued orders stopping the Embu County Assembly from debating the matter until February 5, thus the outcome should not be considered. Addressing the Press in his office, the governor, accompanied by Ms Nditi, said he had served the same orders to the Senate Speaker since it is enjoined in the suit. He said his office had initi- ated a contempt of court case against Mr Kariuki Mate, the Assembly and Clerk Jim Kauma, to be heard on February 13. Help us cultivate our farms, urge women BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Women in Turkana County want the government to immediately roll out irrigation projects in the region. They spoke as Devolution Principal Secretary Gideon Konchella launched a relief food programme in the region on Wednesday. Ms Christine Modoh, 22, a mother of four, said waking up at 5am to begin an 8km journey to the nearest food distribution centre was tiresome and she could better utilise the time for cultivation. Ms Modoh makes about 15 brooms which she sells for Sh20 each daily. “Today (Wednesday), food distribution began at 3pm, which is earlier than other days. My one-month-old daughter is lucky because I breast feed her,” said Ms Modoh at Chokochok relief distribution centre in Turkana Central. She said residents usually crush the relief maize using stones and then later boil it for a meal. She said they only have one has only one goat after others died due to the drought. Mr Konchella agreed that long-term solution to the drought problem lay in irrigation. He said the Lotikipi aquifer would provide water for irrigation and urged residents to embrace farming. Relief food “At the moment, the govern- ment will spend Sh104 million to provide relief food for the locals. Each of the seven sub county commissioner’s office will be given Sh300,000 to ensure the food reaches the beneficiaries,” he noted. The county government has said more than 400,000 residents facing stavation. County disaster manage- ment executive Charles Lokioto Ewoi said women, children and the elderly were the most affected.
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