Nairobi, April 3, 2013
Prime Minister Raila Odinga has strongly spoken against attempts by the
government to interfere with letter and spirit of devolution saying a
situation is developing where some forces in government want county
commissioners and other members of the provincial administration to act
as legitimate authorities in the countries.
Saying the situation was inconsistent with provisions of the
constitution, the PM stated that attempts to make governors either take
orders from county commissioners or play subsidiary roles to what he
called agents of an outdated order were unacceptable.
Addressing CORD Nairobi County Assembly members today, Mr. Odinga
recalled that he had warned about this development immediately the
office of the President embarked on appointing county commissioners
adding the transitional clause is very clear that the provincial
administration would be restructured to fit in the new constitution.
“Let us get this clear. It is the system known as the provincial
administration which was to be restructured to fit in to the new
constitution, not the other way round,” he said.
He emphasized that CORD as a coalition stood strongly for the full and
undiluted devolution of power and resources to the counties adding
Kenyans must enjoy what they voted for in the new constitution
promulgated on August 27, 2010.
Saying Kenyans must not be caught in unnecessary drama and theatrics,
the PM added that Kenyans must be allowed to look up to and hold
responsible only people they elected in the last polls to take care of
He said, “That is why I want to call on all governors and county
assembly members, regardless of party to hold their ground, stand firm
and demand to be given the full space and mandate to implement the
devolution agenda of their voters.”
The PM pointed out that without the full implementation of the
devolution agenda, the country will return to the old centralization
that is responsible for the inequities dogging the country.
Raila at the same time said he did not need to be pitied after his
election loss, saying the many messages of sympathy that he was
receiving were misplaced and unnecessary.
Emphasizing that he was still strong and committed to the ideals of
democracy for which he will continue championing, Raila made it clear
that he will continue to soldier on. “There are many ways of killing a
cat,” he added.
The PM, who hosted the county assembly members to lunch at the Crowne
Plaza Hotel, reminded them that they had a responsibility and duty to
implement the promises CORD made during the campaigns as written in the