Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Minority Leader and Siaya Senator James Orengo and Senators Irungu Kang’ata and Mutula Kilonzo today emphasized the need to empower counties through increased resource allocation.
Speaking in a tour of Kitui today ahead of the Senate visit in September 16th, Siaya Senator James Orengo said devolution remained a key decision ever made in the history of Kenya.
“Having seen what your doing here as a county, i well agree that devolution was never a mistake in this country” he said.
He pointed out the county’s progress in development as a milestone that testifies the country’s development in bringing services closer to the residents.
On his part, Speaker Ken Lusaka said the Senators’ visit will be key in benchmarking the progress devolution had realized as one of the critical issues of the tour.
He said residents will have an opportunity to air their views on their priority projects and further engage the senate in diverse matters.
Lusaka insisted on the need for counties to follow the law in spearheading devolution works to seal all loopholes for corruption.
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata lauded the county administration for the achievements in the agriculture sector saying it was paramount in realizing food security as a national goal.
“I congratulate you for the focus you’ve demonstrated in the agriculture sector. This is commendable” He said.
The Senator called on the Senate and the National Assembly to soften their stance on revenue bill and solve the ongoing impasse.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo pointed out the need to strengthen local economies through increased revenue base for counties to supplement the national government resources.
Host Governor Charity Ngilu highlighted the life changing projects her administration had initiated saying her key focus remained on improving livelihoods.
Governor Ngilu echoed the need to strengthen devolution and improve lives in the rural areas.
“It gives great pleasure to see how devolution can influence growth in the rural economies. This can be well realized if there’s apt teamwork between the national government and counties”. She said.