Speaker slams those proposing reduction of counties

Nakuru County assembly speaker Eng.Joel Maina Kairo has slammed at those proposing the reduction of counties through a referendum.

In an exclusive interview in his office, Speaker Kairo says the law has it clear that in order to reduce the counties then the county assemblies have to debate on the same and 24 counties must agree for such to sail through.

He says this might be difficult to achieve as no county assembly will be ready to agree to dissolve their counties and merge.

According to Speaker Kairo, devolution has achieved a lot in the country and there is no need to reduce the counties as the essence of devolution to bring resources and governance close to the people.

“Devolution has achieved a lot and I don’t think reducing the counties will be accepted by any of the county assemblies” said speaker Kairo.

He also defended the nominated Members of county assemblies even as pressure mounts that such positions should be scraped off.

The Nakuru County assembly speaker says the nominated MCAs are representing various marginalized groups in the house and therefore scraping off such positions will also create a constitutional crisis.

“Nominated MCAs are in those positions to represent various marginalized groups and therefore scraping them off will create a crisis in the country” said Kairo.

He called on the elected leaders to focus on the government’s Big 4 agenda in ensuring development for the people.

Nakuru County Assembly Speaker Eng. Joel Maina Kairo. [Photo/NCA]