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Justify Transition Authority’s term extension

By The Standard | January 12th 2016

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri's first order of business it seems, is the extension of the life of the Transition Authority (TA), whose term ought to come to an end in March.

The TA was formed in 2013 to preside over the transfer of devolution functions from the National Government to the newly established County Governments.

Given the wrangles that have soured relations between the National and County governments over the slow pace of devolving functions and the latter's opposition to the TA being given a new lease of life, the Executive must tread with caution to avert a needless confrontation. In arguing that the drafters of the 2010 Constitution had perhaps "negligently" failed to anticipate the workload of TA, Mr Kiunjuri is not being honest with the taxpayers.

It cannot be lost on Kenyans that the new Constitution took a lot of deliberations from a cross-section of Kenyans who believed TA's work could be accomplished in the time allocated. The Transitional Authority's work has so far not been reassuring and it must justify its extension to not only a skeptical public, but to governors who see the Authority as meddlesome, ineffectual and unlikely to accomplish its work.

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