Baringo leaders oppose Raila’s three-tier governance proposal

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Raila Odinga(R) and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya
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A section of leaders drawn from Baringo County have expressed opposition to a three-tier system of governance proposed by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Led by Governor Stanley Kiptis, the leaders have argued that such proposals negatively impact on ongoing developments initiated by county governments.

Kiptis argued that Odinga’s proposal has come early in the day, calling on Kenyans to instead put focus on developing the counties.

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Sentiments that were shared by Baringo Central MP Joshua Kandie who implored on Kenyans to build momentum on the recent handshake between the President and Raila Odinga, arguing that cohesion is what works best for the country.

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Raila told the Devolution Conference on Wednesday that Kenya should now adopt three tiers of government, a proposal that was shelved before the 2010 referendum.

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“As a matter of lasting solution to the problem posed by sizes of devolved units, we need to bite the bullet and revisit the structure of devolution.The Bomas draft divided Kenya into 14 regions” Raila said.

Raila said Kenya should retain the current Counties but establish 14 regional or provincial blocks as units of disbursement of resources and the National government.

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He said the national government should be retained as a very clear formula for even sharing.

Deputy President William Ruto is leading a host of other leaders to oppose Odinga’s proposals.

Odinga argues that there is need to adopt a three-tier system that retains the counties, creates regional governments and retains the national government to create units with the size and population that are economically viable.

 

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