MCAs call for autonomy as summit ends

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By JOSEPH OJWANG.

The 4th annual legislative summit came to an end in Kisumu with a resolution to make county assemblies autonomous.

The MCAs implored the Senate to speed up pending Bills aimed at strengthening the assemblies across the country.

County Assemblies Forum (CAF) organizing secretary George Okode who read the resolutions at the end of the five days conference says the assemblies will play their oversight role without any distractions if it remains independent.

The summit mandated the Senate to ensure that Bills before it some in different stages to be expedited for the sake of making devolution a reality.

Notable Bills before the Senate includes, County Ward Equalization Fund, County Printers Bill and the Impeachment Procedure Bill amongst others.

Okode who is the Siaya County Assembly Speaker says the Bills will grant the county assemblies in the 47 counties autonomy.

The MCAs and the Senate unanimously agreed to help the national government to achieve the implementation of the Big Four Agenda.

Okode announced that the two legislative houses will prioritize laws that can speed up the execution of the national government agenda.

He says the Annual Development Plan and budget making process at the county assemblies will be key in ensuring the public have a feeling of the government agenda.

The summit agreed that they support the impending constitutional review but in a holistic way.

The two legislative units vowed to protect devolution by pushing for resources to be disbursed to the counties in time.

Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa who closed the conference was thrilled by the MCAs and Senate for resolving to protect devolution I the country.

Wamalwa says devolution has spur economic growth in the country and should be supported, nurtured to greater heights.

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