Council of Governors (COG) Chairperson and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok has said Governors support calls for a referendum to increase allocations to counties.
The Governor made the remarks yesterday after an Extra Ordinary meeting of the Council of Governors.
Nanok said the Governors also support calls for a referendum only if the referendum push is driven by the people.
“Governors support the calls for a referendum but ONLY if it seeks to increase allocations to counties and is driven by ‘Wanjiku’,” Nanok noted.
“We will undertake an internal audit on implementation of devolution which will inform the referendum question for Counties,” he added.
The Council of Governors has formed a special committee Co-chaired by Governors Kivutha Kibwana and Kiraitu Murungi and including Governors Joyce Laboso, Anyang Nyongo, Amason Kingi, Charity Ngilu, Francis Kimemeia, Paul Chepkwony, Wycliffe Oparanya, Ali Roba and Cornel Rasanga to consult with the County Assemblies Forum on behalf of the Council to agree on a unified County Governments’ voice.
At the same time, Nanok expressed concern over delay by the National Government to disburse funds to counties noting that it was hampering service delivery.
“Slow disbursement of funds has hampered implementation of development projects to an extent that despite being halfway through the financial year, three quarter of the counties are yet to receive their allocations,” he noted.