8 March 2014

Kenya: More Governors Face the Sack, Says Ethuro

Photo: Capital FM
The Senate wages war against governors in Kenya.

THE Senate has accused governors of sabotaging devolution. Speaker Ekwe Ethuro said everyone including governors should be held accountable as per the law.

Ethuro said governors have a responsibility to deliver services to Kenyans. He said governors should stop politicking at the expense of service delivery.

Ethuro said the rift between the Senate and governors emanates from the impeachment of Embu Governor Martin Wambora. He said more impeachments will follow if any governor found to have embezzled public funds.

"We followed the law in the impeachment case and if that is what they are terming as 'illegal' then this should be a warning," Ethuro said.

He said the proposed County Development Board Bill in the Senate will address challenges in counties should it be passed. Ethuro said governors will act as secretaries to the boards.

He said the governors will check the excesses in the counties and offer service to their residents.

"We all know chief executives of companies act as secretaries of the boards and there is nothing different from what the bill seeks to create," Ethuro said.

He was speaking to the press during a collaborative leadership capacity development meeting for senate committee members organised by UNDP at Enashipai Resort in Naivasha yesterday.

Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi said the board will solve emerging conflicts in running of the counties. He said it is not wrong for governors to fly flags and have titles if they deliver necessary services to the people.

"If you want me to call my governor His Excellency, then he should first deliver on his pledges but not act as if the title has swallowed him up", he said.

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