By Adow Jubat
During the last election campaigns, Northern Frontier districts residents were made to believe banditry, clan rivalry and cut-throat competition for resources will be dealt with by the devolved governments.
Chapter 11 of the Constitution, which talks of a devolved system of governance, was widely discussed in Northern Kenya in the run up to March 4 election to solicit votes.
Many politicians eyeing presidential, senatorial, gubernatorial and all other elective posts depended heavily on the chapter, quoting its provision as a quick fix to “marginalisation” which was blamed for the underdevelopment in the expansive region.
They promised, in their campaign manifestos, to ensure full implementation of devolution of resources if they were elected.
Majority of residents in the formers Northern Frontier Districts (Marsabit, Moyale, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo) were made to believe that they were marginalised by because of unfavorable centralized national decision-making system.
“We blamed successive governments for having used the national government to entrench skewed policy formulations and the don’t-care altitude which never sought their inputs.
However, the chapter is proving a curse for the residents in the drought prone area, than the anticipated blessing as deadly inter-clan conflicts, which has its genesis in the county politics, creates widespread mayhem.
Deadly clashes have broken out and spread in the region like a wild fire just six months into birth of the devolved system of governments in the country. Three out of the five counties, that makes up the region have so far been hit by a bloody inter-communal feuding, that has so far claimed lives of hundreds of people.
Clashes have led to the destruction of property worth millions of shillings and the displacement of tens of thousands of families after sharing of the county elective positions reignited rivalry and a contest of numerical supremacy.
According to the coordinator of the Garissa-based Northern Forum for Democracy Khalif Abdi, devolution, contrary to previously held belief of propelling the counties in the region to prosperity, has indeed proved to be a curse.
Next Story »
- Former presidential running mate to be TV host
- Transgender woman banned from playing for ladies' football team until two years after sex-change operation
- Uhuru creates new KDF command to fight terrorism
- Raila: We were lucky to have lived in Mandela’s time
- Messi v Ronaldo v Ribery: Three-man shortlist for Ballon d'Or
- Man U and Arsenal dealt Gundogan blow as Barca enter race for Dortmund midfielder