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Governors reject Raila’s proposal to create three-tier government

Governors have rejected a proposal by ODM leader Raila Odinga to add another layer of representation to create a three-tier government.

The proposal by former prime minister rooted for regional leaders who will oversee 14 regional units or former eight provinces and to whom the governors would report to.

However, it has now emerged majority of governors rejected the proposal to be included in the Ugatuzi Initiative Bill.

In a report by NTV seen by, the governors rejected the arrangement on premise such an arrangement would create bureaucracy adding emphasis should be placed on strengthening the county economic blocks that bring together several counties falling within the same region.

Instead of creating another bureaucracy, another political layer, the most appropriate thing for us to do is to strengthen the economic blocks which we have already started in various counties,” said Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, a member of Council of Governor’s Legal Committee.

Ugatuzi Initiative Bill which is among other things rooting for the expansion of the executive to include a powerful prime minister position.

Raila had proposed a three-tier government structure including expansion of the current devolved structure to have 14 regional or former provincial blocks as units of disbursement of resources and the national government.

The decision by the governors to reject Raila’s proposal comes as a surprise given half the current 47 county leaders will be retiring in 2022 after serving constitutional two terms in office.

The Ugatuzi Initiative Bill proposes that voting be made compulsory for all Kenyans who attain 18 years and above.

The governors also want the current executive structure tweaked to include the president as the head of state, deputy president, prime minister as head of government and two deputy prime ministers.

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