Waiguru Rules out On Devolved Security
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