Haji goes down memory lane as he leads building bridges initiative team to Mandera County
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2Mandera County Governor Capt Ali Roba described the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in its current form as a body in a shambles that ought not to be allowed to handle another election. “What we need is not the much talked about referendum which this IEBC cannot handle, but fixing of the electoral system plus investing in civic education, intelligence and security,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Raila party proposes new power structureCapt. Roba said if the collection of views by BBI results in a referendum, then Mandera people will participate to contribute to the agenda with the view to shaping the outcome but cautioned that old bridges must not be destroyed even as new ones are built. ”I am personally of the view that there is nothing wrong with the current constitution,” he said. Governor Roba who was accompanied by Mandera Senator Mohamed Mohamud, Deputy Governor Mohamed Arai, County Commisioner Kutswa Olaka and County Speaker Mohamed Adan Khalif decried perceived differences between the two principals as a source of unnecessary anxiety that was hurting the country. He urged the two principals to fix their differences indoors for the good of the nation. He urged County and national governments to regularly publish their reports on staff hired and their ethnic orientation to “keep check on biases”. He recommended that future top national appointments be based on the six regional economic blocks to guarantee inclusivity devoid of tribalism and ethnicity. To illustrate his point, he said the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) comprising Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Tana River, Isiolo, Marsabit, Samburu, Turkana, West Pokot and Lamu should be considered for positions at the top in a broad, inclusive representation. Governor Roba said revenue sharing and allocation should be based on realities of the people’s needs and not population census numbers that leads to unsustainable population race among ethnic communities in various regions. “Let it be dictated by development priorities, levels of underdevelopment, commitment to poverty eradication, access to proper health care, access to education and such like issues,” he suggested.
SEE ALSO :Coast governors call for majimboHe said devolution ought to be strengthened by removing duplication of functions by national and County Governments and allocating 50% of the collected funds of the previous financial year and not the last audited and approved accounts. “We want absolute devolution where resources follow the functions. If water for instance is devolved, the resources allocated should go to the counties directly,” said Mr Roba. On security, he said there was need to devolve certain aspects such as domestic violence, patrol of villages, burglary, and petty theft and inter clan feuds to the counties. Mandera wasthe 13th County of call for BBI. Amb. Karau hinted at extension of time to cover all the 47 counties.