Sunday, 24 March 2013

PM Odinga Cautions Governors to Beware of Anti-Reform Forces

PMPS 24th March 2013.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has cautioned governors that the forces that have persistently resisted the reforms the country had realized since the new constitutional order was promulgated are not comfortable with the devolved structures of governance.

He told the county leaders to stand their grounds in defending the implementation of the new constitution to ensure that the devolved structures were fully operational.

“The constitutional dispensation is here but we still have some resistance from these forces .You must be firm as the governors to resist their attempts to bring back the old order to secure your position” Odinga said.

He expressed fears that the introduction of County Commissioners was part of wider scheme by such forces to undermine devolution instruments of governance at the local level.

Odinga decried that the nation failed to register tangible transformation since independence until recently because the same forces were not comfortable with the reforms in the new laws.

“Kenyans have experienced the struggles between two forces pulling in opposite direction pitting reformers and others who inherited the colonial privileges at independence and insist on retention of status” he said.

The premier who was accompanied by his family including his spouse Ida Odinga made the remarks when he joined worshippers for a Sunday mass at St Stephen Cathedral church in Kisumu.

He again sent a passionate appeal to residents to remain calm despite the unexpected turn of events after the general election saying matter was not for discussion because a petition challenging the poll results was in the hands of the Supreme Court.

Speakers at the church exuded confidence that the Supreme Court to deliver just verdict over the petition filed over the disputed results of the just concluded general elections and urged residents to remain calm.

Other leaders among the congregation included Kisumu Governor, Jack Ranguma and his deputy Adhiambo Odinga, M.Ps Ken Obura, Jakoyo Midiwo, Fred Outa, Aduma Owuor and Assistant Ministers Oburu Odinga.


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