BY STEVE MKAWALE
Kibaki said the Government is committed to providing resources for devolved government as stipulated in Constitution.
This financial year, Treasury set aside Sh160 billion for devolved system of government. The money is to be used to purchase buildings to house governors and their teams, among other things.
The President was addressing Parliament during the official opening of the refurbished Chambers that cost taxpayers Sh950 million.
The President said the Chamber would greatly aid the legislative and representative roles of MPs.
“I commend the Speaker and Clerk of House as well as all those involved in this refurbishment for their good work. I also thank taxpayers for paying their taxes that enable us to undertake such projects,” said Kibaki amid applause from members.
He added the Government would work closely with Parliament to facilitate the next phase of modernising the House.
“This will include preparation of facilities necessary for Senate as well as increased staff numbers. We are committed to provide resources for the two-chamber system to function effectively. The Ministry of Finance will allocate the necessary funds for this endeavour,” the President said.
Kibaki challenged MPs who midwifed the new Constitution to seek re-election because the next Parliament will be an important pillar of Government
“Despite the new Constitution and devolution of responsibilities to 47 counties, the role of Parliament will not be diminished. The status and place of Parliament will remain paramount,” the President said.