The Star (Nairobi)

10 August 2014

Kenya: Duale Tells Jubilee Governors to Stop Referendum Calls or Face the Music

Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale on Saturday warned governors in Jubilee coalition to stop supporting the referendum push or face stern.

Duale fired a warning salvo at the Jubilee governors who are supporting referendum saying that they risk losing party sponsorship.

"As the official spokesperson of the Jubilee Coalition am telling the governors who are from our side that you have to tore the line. You are either with us or with them[the opposition]," he said.

He added: "It is becoming clear that the governors have ganged up with the opposition to push for a referendum however much they want to dissociate themselves with Cord. We are telling them that we will soon invoke the political parties act if they don't stop clamoring for a referendum."

He said that the reasons they had listed as the ones behind their push for a referendum were not "strong enough".

Duale gave the warning at a fundraising of Al-Furqan Madrassa in Masalani sub-county, in Garissa.

Here are the 10 issues governors want addressed in their referendum push

1. Top on the list is the amendment of Article 203(2) of the constitution to increase the minimum allocation to the counties from 15 per cent to 45 per cent of the national Budget.

2. The governors also want to strengthen the Senate's role by divorcing its functions from those of the National Assembly and giving senators the final say on county matters.

3.The county chiefs also want the national command structures restructured so as to create a role for counties in security matters.

4. The governors also want the role for counties in the management of the environment, forestry, land and natural resources.

5. They want the recall/impeachment of leaders to be based on a "uniform law, which respects due process".

6. The governors demand the creation of a "clearing house for legislation that will determine the character of the law and the process it has to go through for its enactment so as to avoid and put a stop to legislation that negates devolution".

7. They want the constitution to provide for the formation of a Loans and Grants Council to "guarantee equity between the two levels of government".

8. The Equalisation Fund should be converted into a County Government Fund to be administered by the Commission on Revenue Allocation on the basis of a scientific framework.

9. The governors want members of the county assemblies to enjoy similar privileges as their colleagues in the National Assembly and the Senate.

10.They also want to have separate gazettement of laws of the national and county governments.

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