No governor can steal county assets – Munya

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Council of Governors (CoG) and Meru County governor Peter Munya. Photo/Courtesy

The Council of Governors (COG) has dispelled fear among Kenyans that County assets will be squandered during the electioneering and subsequent transitional period.

Speaking in Tigania Sub-County in Meru while meeting teachers from Nyambene region, COG chairman and Meru Governor, Peter Munya, clarified that counties are perpetual entities adding that the real custodians of county properties are the permanently employed bureaucrats as opposed to the elected governors whose mandate expires every five years.

“The issue of whether the governor will be elected or not, running away with the assets is neither here nor there,” said Munya.

The Meru governor said that the current governors will stay in office until after the elections to facilitate handing over of power and assets, where new governors will be elected.

Munya hailed the Senate for ‘coming of age’ in undertaking its mandate of protecting the interests of the devolved units at the national level.

He especially welcomed the move by the Senate to petition the National Assembly to allocate addition Ksh 28 billion to the counties.

“We want to congratulate and thank the Senate for taking a firm stand on division of revenue,” Munya added.

He urged the National Assembly to expedite processing of the bill to avail the money to counties saying that they (counties) are unable to function efficiently while a bulk of resources are held by the national government.

“We are asking the National Assembly to take its mandate seriously by allowing the request by the Senate to increase the county funding.”

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