January 24, 2021

CS Wamalwa tells governors to stop theatrics and develop their counties

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa with a member of Jumuiya Ya Kaunti za Pwani at the Ocean Beach resort in Malindi on July 19, 2019


Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa has urged governors to concentrate in developing their counties instead of street demos over funds allocation.

Mr Wamalwa, speaking in Malindi during the Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani conference on July 19, 2019, said although the county chiefs have the right to demonstrate, they should not cause standoff that would affect development programmes.

“What we have witnessed in the past three days does not give a good show of governors’ demands from the national government because they have failed to use what they were already allocated,” he said.

The CS challenged the county governments to consider the plights of wananchi who were demanding for more services under their jurisdictions.

To resolve consistent conflict between National Assembly and the Senate, Mr Wamalwa welcomed the move to amend the 2010 Constitution.

Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa with other Jumuiya Ya Kaunti za Pwani stakeholders at the Ocean Beach resort in Malindi on July 19, 2019 where he called upon Coast governors to embrace devolution so as to uplift the blue economy agenda


According to him there some issues in the constitution which need addressing so as to heal frequent conflicts being experienced in governance.

“With changing weather patterns, the counties should equip themselves with emergency funds to mitigate drought or flood disasters,” he added.

However, Tana River Governor Dhadho Godhana raised issue with the Sh2.5 billion given to initiate projects saying it was ‘too little’ to be shared among the coastal six counties.

“We may think it is a huge sum of money but when shared amongst us it may end up doing very little in the six counties,” he lamented.

Supporting the same, his Lamu counterpart Fahim Twaha called upon the national government through its various donor partners to increase the amount above Sh2.5 billion to ensure more development activities in the region.

But in a rejoinder Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi urged his colleagues not to personalise the whole ideas and agenda of JKP by remaining focused on uniting all the six coastal counties.

“If we begin to describe how one county should be and the projects to be introduce we will be missing the point of Jumuiya ya Kaunti,” he said.

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