November 23, 2017

Kabogo appointed for top government job

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo was on Monday (22/05/17) appointed as the new Chief Whip of the Council of Governors (CoG).

The position was previously held by Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani.

Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok was elected as the new CoG Chairman, replacing his Meru counterpart Peter Munya whose term came to an end after serving for two years.

Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu retained the deputy chairman’s post.

In his acceptance speech, the Turkana Governor indicated that the fair conclusion of the Division of Revenue Allocation bill would form part of his agenda as he assumes office.

“I have just taken over office a few months before new governors are elected and sworn in. Our main agenda is finishing up the short term priorities that the council has which include the fair conclusion of the Division of Revenue Allocation Bill that allocates money to counties,” he stated.

The polls were held three months to the General Election, meaning the governors will have to elect a new chairman in the event Nanok fails to retain his Turkana seat.

While delivering his final speech, Mr Munya emphasised on the need to amend the Constitution to anchor 45 percent minimum equitable share to Counties Action.

“State agencies, corporations and regional development authorities must be restructured to align to the devolved system of government. These include the National Aids Control Council (NACC), Regional Development Authorities and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCOP) to mention a few,” he stressed.

He added that security needs to be given top priority in the country.

“Security is an issue that falls within the purview of the national government. It is, therefore, unfortunate and disheartening that issue of security has never been seriously tackled by the national government. Insecurity could affect the electoral process as well as the general development and wellbeing of our citizens,” he said.

Munya was elected as chairman two years ago when he took over from Bomet Governor and the National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principal Isaack Ruto.

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