CORD leader, Raila Odinga will be a part of the panel that will hold talks before formally closing the third annual devolution conference in Meru on Friday.
Raila, who so much believes in devolution, released a statement through his spokesman Dennis Onyango revealing that Council of Governors invited him to Meru National Polytechnic where the conference will hold. On his Facebook page, he confirmed on Thursday that Raila will be present through the last day of the summit.
Raila faulted the country for failing to indicate the maximum revenue suitable for sharing to the counties in the constitution. In reference to the constitution, Raila said only the minimum which is at 15 per cent was mentioned as the entitlement of counties and no regard was paid to the maximum amount.
He said “enemies of the constitution” took advantage of this to frustrate devolution.
President Uhuru Kenyatta did not grace the opening of the conference but was proudly represented by Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri. Uhuru said the government had to nominate 572 women MCAs since only 80 women were elected.
Urging the leaders to rally behind each other, the president said there is need to have women governors. Uhuru further called on county governments to frown at corrupt practices in actions, and not just in words. He also described the war against corruption as a tough task that the government is intent on winning.
In the third devolution conference, Chief Justice Willy Mutunga expressed confidence in the devolved system. He added that the country is sure to witness speedy economic growth if devolved funds are managed appropriately.
The Panelists debated on the progress of devolved functions and interventions for emerging challenges. The sub-theme of the debate is tethered at analyzing the progress made in the performance of key devolved functions and how challenges therein can be addressed.