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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Proposal to scrap Senate, appoint governors a scheme to kill devolution, says Oparanya

Members of parliament and senate at the parliament gallery during the opening of the parliament on April 16./MONICAH MWANGI
Members of parliament and senate at the parliament gallery during the opening of the parliament on April 16./MONICAH MWANGI

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has opposed a proposal by the National Assembly Budget and Appropriation committee that the Senate be scrapped to reduce over-representation and the ballooning wage bill.

He said on Friday the proposal was part of a wider scheme by some forces to “kill” devolution.

The committee also recommends that governors be appointed, instead of being elected. Oparanya said appointed governors would only act in the interest of the national government, instead of county residents.

He spoke when he presided over celebrations of four years of devolution in the Bukhungu Stadium.

The county boss said pioneer governors should run for Senate seats in 2022 to strengthen devolution, adding that they have undergone difficult times during their first terms and understand problems facing counties.

Oparanya said if elected senators in 2022, they will be able to pass laws that protect counties.

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