Governors are justified to demand for more money to go to counties but national government wants to retain more resources in Nairobi. There is corruption but it is not on the scale of the what is happening at the national level.
On Friday July 22, just as residents of Elele village in Mandera County ended their weekly prayers, a contingent of security forces rounded them up outside the mosque and demanded that they produce guns.
The circus on the war against corruption continues unabated. The script is the same as that of 1990s; only the players are different. But the end game will be the same — political mudslinging, cosmetic prosecutions and ultimately the vanquished shall be the hunter, Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), and their officials who will be shown the door.
Devolution is about grassroots democracy and giving the people power to exercise their constitutional mandate. The framers of our constitution were clear in their minds that devolution is sharing power by cascading it down from the unitary centre to the counties, in a manner that promotes good governance, transparency and accountability through a system of checks and balances
Last week’s US President Obama’s visit to the country must have got the opposition groups off-guard, but found Jubilee pretty ready. In the run-up to the visit, both sides had lowered the usual political rhetoric in an unusual discrete understanding that astounded political pundits.
I am not a lawyer, or a learned man as they prefer to call each other. And I don’t like them either. There are a quarrelsome lot. Quite often, they find fault with everything; arguing boringly that there has to be two sides to every law.
Once upon a time, Members of Parliaments were the ‘kings’ in the constituencies, the only ‘waheshimiwa’ in town and the ultimate authority before the ordinary man at the grassroots.
I want to celebrate the great achievements of our folks from North Eastern Kenya. Earlier this week, Mr Bishar Hussein was re-elected for a second 4-year term as the Director General of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) at its 26th Annual Congress held in Istanbul.
Idd Mubarak to all! As Ramadhan comes to a close, a group of young Kenyans from North Eastern concluded a month-long arduous 1000 km trek across the region dubbed ‘Walk of Hope’, to inspire confidence and restore hope in the residents.
As the country remains transfixed on the national grand corruption drama making headlines throughout the year, a bigger crisis has been unfolding in the 47 counties.