In Summary
  • Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro said there is a lot to show in terms of development projects in the 47 counties.
  • Mr Kiunjuri said the number of nominated senators should also be reduced.

The second annual Legislative Summit to assess failures and success of devolution begins this morning in Mombasa.

The forum comes at a time when elected leaders at national and county governments are busy defending their score cards, as majority seek to defend their positions in the August 8, polls.

It is jointly organised by the Senate, County Assemblies Forum (CAF) and other players involved in implementation of devolution, under the theme, ‘Effective Legislatures for Sustainable Grassroots Development’.

Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro said despite cases of wastage of some of the devolved funds, there is a lot to show in terms of development projects in the 47 counties that would have remained a mirage were it not for devolution.

“Devolution has helped transform our country in four years of its existence,” Mr Ethuro said Sunday.

“Going forward, we need to zealously manage transition to ensure that devolution takes development to higher levels of prosperity,” he said.

The Senate, as custodian of county interests, he said, has continually acted as an arbiter in resolution of disputes between counties and the national government, to improve service delivery.

The county assemblies have called for budget caps imposed by the Controller of Budget and Commission on Revenue Allocation removed, saying the same doesn’t apply for the national government.

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