Debate over the fate of the provincial administration under the devolved system of governance rages on with chiefs from across the country now petitioning President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to provide direction on what restructuring of the provincial administration means. The petition seen by Citizen Tv is bearing the signatures of about 600 chiefs and sub chiefs.
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Chiefs Petition Kibaki
In 2010, Kenyans voted for a devolved system of government and ensured it was embedded in Chapter Eleven of the Constitution.
When six pieces of legislation to guide the implementation of a devolved system of government were unveiled by a taskforce to provide the backbone to manage county governments, there was clearly no turning back on devolving powers to the newly created 47 counties.
The chairman of the Constitution Implementation commission Charles Nyachae has dismissed Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa’s argument that some clauses in the controversial Leadership and Integrity Bill were intentionally removed to avoid duplication with other existing laws. Nyachae says the bill was intended to raise the integrity bar on leaders but instead it has been watered down with the powers of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission drastically reduced. Nyachae was speaking on the sidelines of a forum bringing together CIC, the Commission on Revenue Allocation and the Transition Authority to reflect on issues touching on the transition to a devolved system of Governance.
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Row over Leadership and Integrity Bill
The amount of money proposed to be allocated to the various Counties across the country under a devolved system of government has changed after the Commission on Revenue Allocation revised its revenue allocation formula. Under the new formula, the weight given to a County’s population size has been lowered, while poverty prevalence in the respective areas has been given more weight. Initially, the most populous counties got the lion’s share of the revenue allocation, but after facing initial opposition, CRA has now altered the formula to ensure that poorer counties got more cash. Sylvia Chebet has a breakdown of the revenue sharing parameters as tabled for debate in Parliament today for debate and approval.
CRA Revises Revenue Allocation Formulae
President Kibaki has said funds for devolved system of government will be released to actualise the 47 counties.
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Kenya: President assures Treasury will release funds for counties
www.ktnkenya.tv The county of Nairobi is the country’s capital and home to the central government’s administrative hub. It will therefore play a vital role as the new devolved system of government comes into force after the next general election. It is for this reason that whoever will be the governor of Nairobi will be as important as any other leader at the central government. In spotlight 2012. Our senior reporter Aaron Ochieng puts Nairobi county on the spot and the aspirants who have so far declared candidacy for the Nairobi governorship position
Spotlight 2012:: Nairobi Governorship Race
Finance Minister Robinson Githae is expected to present to Parliament a more than a trillion shillings Budget for the 2012/2013 fiscal year, the first under the devolved system of Government.
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Githae to present Sh1.15 trillion Budget to Parliament