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Former Nakuru Mayor Benson Mwangi has blamed bad relationships between members of parliament and county governors for the duplication of projects being done by the county government and the CDF kitty under members of parliament. Mr Mwangi who is vying for the Member of Parliament seat for the Nakuru town east constituency said that though the creators of devolution had good intentions for the country and Kenyans, the effects have not been felt by the common man.
He said that things have remained the way they were before devolution despite county governments’ receiving billions from the national government. "The county of Nakuru has been receiving Sh8 billion per year but the question is what projects are there to show what the county government has done with the billions," posed Mr Mwangi.
“The county government of Nakuru collects between Sh3 billion and Sh4 billion each year in revenue but you cannot point out any major project that has been implemented or started using the money,” he said, adding that the county governments had performed below the expectations of majority of Kenyans.
He cited poor health, market, water and road sectors as some of the areas where the devolved units have completely failed. He also blamed tender committees in the county governments for colluding with members of parliament to steal money from Kenyans by proposing, initiating and approving duplicate projects.
“We cannot have similar projects being done by the county government and the CDF. The tender committees collude with members of parliament to steal money from Kenyans and that is due to bad leadership,” said Mr Mwangi, who held that things have remained the same in most counties across the country despite the counties receiving billions of shillings from treasury.
His remarks came as the country marked four years since the birth of the devolved system of governance. The fourth annual devolution conference is being held in Naivasha.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County