Tharaka Nithi senator Prof Kithure Kindiki has faulted the council of governors for showing disrespect to senators rather than offering support during the time senators have been pushing for more cash in the counties.
Kindiki says despite their spirited fight to have more resources in counties, it is the governors who are set to benefit from the cash since they are the managers of the counties and hence the governors ought to have fully supported them.
“We expected the governors since they are the biggest beneficiaries to offer us support to wrestle the national government to have more resources channeled into our counties for more development in grassroots. But to our surprise the county bosses have remained mum over the stalemate,” Kindiki said.
The former deputy speaker of the senate revealed that the senators opposed the initially proposed revenue sharing formula have gone through the most devastating moments ever. Arrests, intimidations, blackmail, and insults were the order of the day. However, according to Kindiki, they were surprised to see the Governors from the counties whose senators were being intimidated and blackmailed fail to come out and defend them.
“We saw senators from Kakamega, Bomet, and Samburu counties being arrested in the most humiliating manner but the governors from their counties did not give any statement to condemn the issue,” lamented the senator.
Kindiki said it is a shame for the chair council of governors, Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya to surpot a formula that has been depriving some counties cash and giving to only 28 counties while he is the father of the 47 devolved units and thus he should be a unifying figure.
Instead of intervening on the standoff or pushing the national government to drop the oppressive formula, the chair has been on the forefront to fight the senators threatening to orchestrate the disbandment of the house of senate since according to governors, the senate as proved to be of no use.
In reply to the Oparanya’s sentiments senator, Kindiki said the council of governors died when the Turkana governor Hon. Josphat Nanock took over from Munya. He noted that when the former Meru county governor Hon. Peter Munya was the chair, the council was operating with a lot of dignity and respect but Oparanya has ended up killing the council.
Speaking on the issue of disbanding the senate, the professor rubbish the proposal and said it is instead much easier to dismantle the so-called council of governors as per the law’s guidelines.
To dissolve the senate there has to be a referendum to amend the constitution. But as per the chair’s petition, his dream can only apply when any house of parliament has failed to pass any of the laws required for the implementation of the constitution which would lead to the chief justice being petitioned to dissolve the senate through a referendum.
On the other hand, the council of Governors is created in section 19 of the intergovernmental relations act which means the body does not exist in the Kenyan constitution. Therefore the senator said the governors should not feel mightier as scrapping of their council doesn’t even require referendum but a mere single sitting.
Finally, Kindiki warned that as senators they will not relent and allow being used as a punching bags by individuals with personal interests but they shall continue demanding respect from all institutions.