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UGATUZI INITIATIVE

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The Council of Governors has initiated a Constitutional Reforms program dubbed “Ugatuzi Initiative”. This follows consultations to consider and propose revision of the Constitution of Kenya with the aim of strengthening devolution . Ugatuzi proposes amendments in the areas of sharing of revenue raised nationally and from natural resources, governance, security, elections and strengthening political parties among others. Among the critical recommendations, the initiative proposes, is a structure that supports a national executive comprising of the President as the Head of State, Deputy President and a Prime Minister as the head of government with two Deputy Prime Ministers. Furthermore, the initiative calls for the independence of the Office of the Attorney General with security of tenure, proposes that each County should have it’s own County Attorney and Law office as well as County Gazette to deal with specific legal matters and legislation.Ugatuzi proposes that the Senate shall consider all bills including the one on Revenue sharing. In addition, the Senate shall be involved in the approval of international treaties. On equitable sharing of National Revenue, the Council of Governors proposes that for every financial year, the equitable share of revenue raised nationally for County Governments should not be less than 45% of the previous year’s revenue collected by National Government.
In reference to the last 6 years since Devolution started, the Council through Ugatuzi have proposed the filling of a vacancy in the office of the deputy governor with the approval of the County Assembly. Similarly, provide for ground and procedures for removal of the Deputy Governor. In regards to the ever rising cases of insecurity being experienced in most parts of the counties, Ugatuzi calls for County representation in the National Security Council and the formation of the County Policing Authority as established in the constitution. With this in place, each County will then establish its own County Police Service.
Following the address to the media by the Chairman of the Council of Governors H.E Wycliffe Oparanya, the Council will move further to discuss the details for input in t0 the bill and the roadmap on the public participation to shed more light to the public on the proposed amendments. The Chairs of the Committee Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, and H.E. Kiraitu Murungi, Governors Makueni and Meru County respectively will spearhead the process in the phases to come.

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