Sunday December 22, 2019 - Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, has accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of scheming to kill devolution.
In a video available on social media, Murkomen cast aspersions on the state of devolution and stated that the recent onslaught against Governors was reminiscent of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta's orders in 1963 that led to the end of regional Governments.
He claimed that the war against corruption which is spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and had claimed a few Governors was a plot to strangle devolution.
"In 1963, we had a powerful devolution with a regional government, but slowly by slowly, using the same methods we are seeing today, they were bastardized and lectured the way Matiang'i lectured Governors about County bills," he spoke.
He alleged that the arrest of Governors over suspicions of corruption was not a clear effort to wage war against graft, but the Government's means to use the DCI and EACC to hide their intent to run devolution to the ground.
"Three Governors are being told not to go to their office right now.”
“One Governor informed me that they are cowering in fear right now.”
“If they do not breathe BBI or the handshake, they are taken to the court and stripped of their powers and told to wait for their cases to be concluded in 2027," he alleged.
Murkomen claimed that the Counties had become powerful in their demands for accountability from the national Government, forcing it to look for a way to keep devolved units on a leash.
"You might not like your governor and even think of him as a thief, but I tell you, the fight is bigger than your governor.”
“The fight is about the county governments trying to hold the national government responsible, and now that fight has been brought to undermine devolution," he stated.
Murkomen warned that the Government's means of fighting corruption would lead to the end of devolution in less than three years if necessary action was not undertaken by Senators to stand firm against the 'onslaught' by the Government.
The Kenyan DAILY POST