Murkomen's take on referendum push
Elgeyo/Marakwet Senator Kichumba Murkomen. Elgeyo/Marakwet Senator who is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Devolved Government Kipchumba Murkomen has been on the forefront championing for a referendum to empower the Senate and increase funding to the counties. But Mr Murkomen says Jubilee Senators have now backed down on the referendum push as it is an exercise in futility since it is expensive and the country has just emerged from a rigorous election.
We support increased funding to counties and at the same time work within the provisions of Article 96 of the Constitution that clearly spell out the role of Senate in relation to the devolved system of governance. What we are saying is that we want to move the debate from financial allocation to practical costing of functions.
We are simply advocating for spreading functions at county level to ensure that the spirit of devolution is maintained. As Senate, we are now encouraging other leaders to move from the ‘divide of national cake’ mentality where resources are divided at national level to ‘baking of the cake’ approach where resources are raised locally.
Do you believe the government will honour the promise to increase allocation of funds to counties by 40 per cent of the total national revenue? The fact that we have started with 32 per cent in itself is commendable.
Jubilee senators and I believe that there is no reason for the government to fail to honor its promise because if we had doubt, then we would not have supported the proposal in the first place.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The StandardSimilar Stories