Governors And MPs Should Use Funds They Control To Benefit Kenyans, President Says

On January 17, 2019 In Latest News

President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Governors and MPs to use funds under their control to benefit Kenyans. The President said the two groups of leaders should work closely with the National Government to ensure Kenyans get the service they deserve. He said devolution was meant to make it easier for Government to be more efficient and not to create the complications being witnessed where some leaders of the devolved units work at cross purposes with the National Government.  “We did not ask for devolved government to create conflicts,” he said. He called on Governors and Members of the National Assembly to utilise the funds under their control prudently while also asking Senators to play an active role in monitoring how devolved units are using public funds. “Governors control funds and Members of the National Assembly control funds. It is only Senators who have not been allocated funds to control but they should watch over how these funds are being used,” he said. The President, who was speaking at a public rally at Voi after a tour of the Standard Gauge Railway construction project, said that the National Government was serving all Kenyans equally. “Our problem is not who voted for whom. We will be just to all Kenyans,” he said. President Kenyatta also asked Kenyans to be vigilant and to work closely with security agents in defeating those engaging in terrorist activities. He said those trying to misuse Islam to problems in the country were not Muslims themselves because the Islamic religion does not advocate for killing innocent people. “It is only the devil’s work and they are misusing religion,” he said. The President said the Government will continue spending more resources to improve the work of security officers but added that public cooperation was important to defeat the enemies of the country.  “We have to work together to defeat this evil vice,” he said. The President announced that the Government will deliver all promises it has made to Kenyans and will ensure no one stands in the way of services to the public. He said 4000 tittle deeds will soon be issued to the residents of the County as efforts are increased to address land issues in the area. He said roads in the County will also be improved and announced that a contractor who delayed in constructing a road between Voi and Wundanyi has been kicked out and replaced with a new one to complete the work quickly. The President said the SGR will benefit all Kenyans and not only those residing in counties through which the railway line passes. Deputy President William Ruto said the SGR will boost the economy by making it cheaper to transport goods and passengers. “This is a railway that we have been waiting for for last 100 years,” he said. The DP said the plan to equip two hospitals to the level of referral hospitals in each county will improve the health standards in the country. Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said the Government is setting up a gemstone cutting factory in Voi town to enable residents benefit from the local resources. He said the Government is also planning to set up a university that specialises in mining courses in Voi.  James Macharia, Health Cabinet Secretary and acting Transport CS, also spoke at the event.  The function was attended by Cabinet Secretaries Adan Mohamed (Industrialisation), Judy Wakhungu (Environment), Hassan Wario (Sports and Culture) and several Principle Secretaries. The rally was also addressed by Taita-Taveta Governor John Mruttu, Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, Kajiado Governor David Nkedianye, Taita Taveta Senator Dan Mwazo and several MPs from the County also addressed the rally.

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