The Council of Governors led by Hon. FCPA WYCIFFE AMBETSA OPARANYA EGH, CGJ, COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS Chairman has revealed the counties will be forced to shut down following the stand off between national assembly and senate on the division of revenue bill 2019.
PRESS STATEMENT ON UGATUZI INITIATIVE FOLLOWING A COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 29TH AUGUST 2019
1) Before the Council addresses you on the Ugatuzi initiative, we wish to bring to your attention the pressing issue on Division of Revenue. As you all know, the matter is not in our court as Governors, it is being resolved by the two houses.
We hope that they can resolve the matter expeditiously to ease the suffering that is in the Counties. The County Governments will not be able to pay salaries at the end of this month going forward. Beyond, the 16th of September 2019, if the matter is not resolved the County Governments will have no option but to shut down.
2) The Council of Governors appreciates the ongoing debate geared towards introducing reforms to the current Constitution which has been in dispensation since 2010. Whereas we have a robust Constitution which entrenches devolution of services to “Mwananchi” its implementation has faced a myriad of challenges. Therefore, in order to safeguard the spirit and letter of devolution the Council intends to initialise its own process known as Ugatuzi Initiative. The council will consult with the devolution family to deliberate on the issue and thereafter launch the initiative soon.
3) The Council will propose key Constitutional reforms that are paramount in enhancing the unity of the Nation called Kenya.
H.E Hon. FCPA WYCIFFE AMBETSA OPARANYA EGH, CGJ
CHAIRMAN, COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS