Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka Wednesday attended the inauguration ceremonies of governors in the three counties of lower eastern where he warned that no one should be allowed to derail the process of devolution.
“Nobody should try to dilute the reality of devolved government which Kenyans overwhelmingly voted for,” Mr Musyoka declared.
He said devolution has ushered in unprecedented freedoms for Kenyans and added that such gains should be guarded jealously.
“Kenyans should say no to those who want to embrace devolution half-heartedly” Mr Musyoka said.
The Vice President made the remarks during the swearing in ceremony of Governors Dr Alfred Mutua (Machakos County), Prof Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni County) and Dr Julius Malombe (Kitui County) and their respective deputies Bernard Kiala, Adelina Mwau and Penina Malonza.
Dr Mutua was sworn in by lady Justice Lilian Mutende at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos while Prof. Kibwana was sworn in by Justice Eric Ogolla at Wote Stadium and Dr Malombe sworn by Lady Justice Beatrice Jaden at Kitui Stadium.
Mr Musyoka who congratulated all the governors in the 47 counties, called on the governors to form all inclusive governments from all the constituents under their jurisdiction regardless of whether they voted for them or not.
The Vice President cited Konza Techno City as a potential hub of development for the people of Ukambani and urged both the governors of Machakos and Makueni to join hands in ensuring that the project is actualized.
He noted that the techno city will create many employment and business opportunities for the locals and the country at large, adding that African Development Bank will provide funds to provide clean water to the city.
He urged the new Ukambani governors to work with everybody in the region including those who did not vote for them in order to transform the region and uplift living standards of the people in the area.
Mr Musyoka urged them to fulfill their campaign promises to the residents particularly on the provision of clean drinking water, fighting poverty, improving security, infrastructure and uplifting their living standards.
In his inaugural speech, Dr. Mutua said his government’s priority is to deliver efficient services and rid the county of corrupt and lazy officers who cannot deliver.
“Laziness, don’t care attitude and corrupt leaders will not be tolerated in my government as well as those who cannot change these habits will face the full force of the law,” he said.
He said Kenyans live in a competitive world and to eliminate poverty, the residents of Machakos must strive to create wealth and attract investors both locally and internationally to invest in the region. He also assured the locals that his government will ensure that their rights are protected within the law.692
Mr Musyoka was accompanied by several recently-elected MPs, senators, County representatives, and public servants.