In Summary
  • Governor Joho on Wednesday proposed a three-tier government while Mr Kingi on Monday proposed a fully-fledged federal system that will address issues such as marginalisation, historical land injustices and secession.
  • Governor Joho called for an executive with a president, a deputy, a prime minister and two deputy prime ministers, saying this helped end the violence that followed the 2007 general election.

  • He further noted the need for a powerful Senate to make final decisions on the state of Kenya's affairs.
  • Kingi said the majimbo system will also help eradicate regional disparities such as inequitable distribution of national resources to counties.

Governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Amason Kingi (Kilifi) want a government that will address the coastal region's challenges, which include landlessness, the squatter problem and historical injustices.

Governor Joho on Wednesday proposed a three-tier government while Mr Kingi on Monday proposed a fully-fledged federal system that will address issues such as marginalisation, historical land injustices and secession.

POWERFUL SENATE

Governor Joho called for an executive with a president, a deputy, a prime minister and two deputy prime ministers, saying this helped end the violence that followed the 2007 general election.

Political analyst Halimu Shauri explained that the three-tier system consists of a president as the head of State overseeing foreign relations and a prime minister as the head of government functions.

“The eight regions(formerly provinces) will be renamed regional governments, with each having a governor. The counties will have chief executive officers who will be answerable to the regional governor,” said Prof Shauri.

Mr Joho further noted the need for a powerful Senate to make final decisions on the state of Kenya's affairs.

Currently, the National Assembly is the one which vets ministers and ambassadors, oversees most government initiatives and make final decisions on various matters.

“I would also like to propose a parliamentary system of government where cabinet secretaries are directly appointed from parliament. That system worked before and many Kenyans saw its importance. A minister who was a legislator was conversant with Kenyans' issues," he said

"Today, you have Cabinet ministers who do not know priority areas and Kenyans' challenges. They are not representing anyone. We need to return to that style because it worked."

COUNTY FUNDS

Mr Joho emphasised that this type of government is the only way to realise more development and create opportunities for Kenyans to benefit from all their resources.

While noting that the coastal region has many resources that it has not reaped from, Mr Joho added that counties should receive their shares of revenue depending on their production capacities.

“We have been lamenting for long about the percentage that is shared by the 47 counties while the national government remains with the largest share of 85 percent," he said during a meeting of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Advisory Taskforce at the Kenya School of Government in Mombasa.

"I propose that we have another tier government with 12 units, give this government 30 percent, let the counties retain the 15 percent and the national government 55 percent of the allocations. This is in line with the Bomas draft but with the county government retained."

COLLABORATION

The county chief called for more collaboration between counties and the government before major projects are undertaken.

“A good example is the standard gauge railway. Although this is a noble project, and I do not oppose its implementation, the truth of the matter is that it has affected our resources and the empowerment of our people," he said.

"Had there been consultation between the devolved government and the national government, this situation would have been avoided."

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