Meru Governor Kiraitu Lauds MCAs for Opposing Punguza Mizigo

Written By: Hunja Macharia/KNA
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Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi (center) and his deputy Titus Ntuchiu (right) with Meru County Commissioner Allan Machari during a press brief at the County Commissioner's office
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Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has lauded the Meru County Assembly members for shooting down the Punguza Mizigo Bill 2019 saying the bill was not properly thought out.

Speaking during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at Kinoru Stadium, Murungi said as a county they are keenly waiting for other initiatives towards a constitutional amendment.

The Governor however saying they will welcome any initiative advocating for disbursement of more funds to the Counties.

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“We understand that the BBI report is almost ready and will be released soon. We are going to read it looking keenly at one thing. If it does not increase funds allocation to counties we shall oppose it,” said Murungi.

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He said they are ready to dialogue with any party coming up with constitutional amendment initiatives as long as they advocate for more funds to the counties.

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He said Kenya is a multi-ethnic community and each of the tribes must feel part of the national government.

“We have no problem with BBI creating more positions at the National level as long as each County is represented at the National Government or in the executive through appointments of Cabinet Secretaries, principal secretaries and chief administrative secretaries,” he posed.

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Meanwhile the Meru Governor has called on the Government to increase budgetary allocation to the judiciary to enable the arm of Government to carry out its mandate and expedite cases effectively.

He also called on the Government to be mindful of farmers saying, “We cannot talk about food security in the abstract. Let’s give our farmers subsidized fertilisers, certified seeds and help them have a sustainable market for their produce.”

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