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Waiguru Rules out On Devolved Security 

Devolution  and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru (Center) aaccompanied by  principal secretaries  for Devultion Ms. Mwanamaka Mabruki (left)and Planning PS Peter Mangiti while addressing the media at Tom Mboya labour College at the ongoing second devolution conference in Kisumu. She ruled out possibility of the function being devolved since security is listed in Schedule four of the Constitution as a national function.(Photo by Susan Lwembe, KNA)

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru has ruled out the possibility of   national security being devolved to the counties.

At a press briefing during the 2nd Devolution Conference in Kisumu , Waiguru while responding to issues raised by journalists, stressed that the security docket cannot be devolved and that it will remain a national function  especially at this  time when the country under increased insecurity threats.

However, Waiguru  said further queries on this matter  should be  addressed by her counterparts holding the  security docket.

Ruling out the possibility of devolving this crucial docket, the CS asserted , “national security  is listed in Schedule four of the Constitution as a national function” she added.

During a session  to discuss security matters at the devolution conference yesterday, a section of governors led by Council of Governors Security Committee Chairperson, Tana River Governor Hussein Dado, called for the transfer of the Administration Police to the County governments.

In a separate press briefing at the summit today, Narok Deputy Governor Everlyn Aruasa had said there was a need to have security functions devolved to county governments.

Governors and leaders of the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) have been agitating for devolution of some roles on security to curb increased incidents of insecurity,particularly in view of the Garrissa University College attack where 147 students were killed by suspected Al shabab terrorist.

Waiguru admitted that discussions on devolving other functions are still on-going and cannot be quickly determined since some are in court and due to pending bills in parliament such as on road classification.

However she pointed out that although  the Transitional Authority’s three year mandate is about to end, no vacuum will be experienced in handling transitional and devolution matters since  the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee is already established under former PS Prof. Karega Mutahi.

By Susan Lwembe


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