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
“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
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”
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.
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.