Members of the county assembly of Bomet County have termed as ‘ very petty’ the reasons for summonsing Governor Isaac Rutto by the Senate. The MCAs claim Gov. Rutto is being harassed for demanding more allocation of revenue to county governments.
Over the weekend, Gov. Rutto singled out Deputy President William Ruto as being behind the woes county governments are facing with the national government. Rutto claimed the DP is dishonest and does not listen. He also went further to claim it is the URP side of the coalition government that is hell-bent in killing devolution.
“There is a threat and it is monumental. That threat is William Ruto; to be honest, he is the biggest roadblock to devolution. All his statements have been condescending. You don’t hear the same language from Uhuru. Ruto derides devolution. Jubilee is not very enthusiastic about devolution, but it is more pronounced in the URP side,” said governor Ruto.
Bomet County has seen tremendous development under the rein of Gov Rutto but that has also come with a political cost as the governor has been in constant conflicts with other URP leaders in the Rift Valley, mostly senators and a section of first time members of parliament.
However, with a strong support of his county assembly members, Rutto has maintained his ‘war for resources’ on the national government.
“Having gone through the queries raisedÂ by the Senate relating to the CountyÂ Government of Bomet which forms theÂ basis of the ” summoning” of GovernorÂ Isaac Ruto, we find them very petty andÂ our position is that it is being used toÂ harass the Governor who is the face ofÂ the push for increased revenueÂ allocation to Counties,” reads the statement from the county assembly leaders.
The County Assembly members claim elements in the national government are on wider political scheme to discreditÂ the County Government and theÂ character of Governor Ruto.
Rutto, who has lashed out at the Jubilee government wondered what it had done with the 85 per cent of revenue that remains at the national level as counties only get he 15 percent.
“There is still too much money at the centre which is used for patronage. Businessmen who financed the campaigns are also holding the centre as they fight for payback. While writing the 2010 Constitution, our argument was that the top was too invasive and controlled everybody’s life.Â Ask yourself why new governments always engages in grandiose projects such as the standard gauge railway. It is to gobble up public resources. Though we are given only 15 per cent of the national income, counties have started implementing projects. National government, on its part, cannot explain how it is using its 85 per cent,” said Rutto during an interview with Daily Nation reporter Emeka-Mayaka Gekara.