August 21st 2017

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Governors launch three-month national tour highlighting devolution successes

“We want the story of devolution to be told because counties are usually judged more harshly compared to the national government,” said the Meru governor.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 07 Oct 2016 10:50 EAT

COG Chairman Peter Munya (right) with Wajir Governor Ahmed Abudalli lift the Devolution Torch in Wajir Town yesterday. (Photo: Free Press Correspondent).

Meru Governor Peter Munya was in Wajir County yesterday for the launch of a three-month campaign to highlight the success of county governments. Wajir was selected as the starting point for the movement of a 'Devolution Torch' that will move to all the 47 counties. 

The torch celebrates successes of devolution and will take three days in every county. Governor Munya says the torch will give members of the public a platform to share knowledge on the experiences, gains and challenges of devolution since the new era of devolved governance began in 2013.

From Wajir County, the torch will move to Kitui, Makueni, Meru, Kisumu, Vihiga, Trans Nzoia, then wind up phase one in Turkana County. At the end of its tour all the governors and devolution stakeholders will converge for the fourth annual devolution conference in February 2017.

“We want the story of devolution to be told because counties are usually judged more harshly compared to the national government,” said the Meru governor. The chairman said each county while hosting the torch will give the people an opportunity to discuss about projects in their regions and give feedback to the governors.

He challenged the media to give corruption coverage the same prominence wherever the vice is detected, saying the media was unduly focusing on county governments. “We want to defuse the bad publicity, for example when national government loses money through scandals like NYS it doesn’t receive much attention compared to when audit questions are raised against certain counties, “he added.

The Meru governor, while recognizing problems counties have experienced since 2013, said devolution was a work in progresses and that so far they had done well. “It’s unfortunate that some elements are making unfounded judgment against the counties and that is why we want to put it in the right historical context," he said.

“We have been in existence for less than five years but see what has been done," the governor said, and challenged the media and other stakeholders to stop generalising the 47 counties when it comes to perception of corruption.

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