Luo Council of Elders warn political losers not to interfere with devolution

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The Luo Council of Elders Monday warned politicians who failed in the last General Election against interfering with county governments.

They said these politicians were to blame for the sleepless nights experienced by governors and their county governments.

While addressing a press conference in Kisumu, the elders, exonerated the national government from the blame of fighting devolution.

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Council chairman Riaga Ogalo said the dark forces lived in the counties in the form of political failures.

“Our attention is drawn to the activities of caucus groups coming up to destabilise county governments. It is disturbing that some senior county officials and election losers are behind the problems in the counties,” said Mr Ogalo.

SMEAR CAMPAIGN

He claimed that several meetings had been held by these groups to coin a movement called “High Tide” to be engaged in a smear campaign against the gains of devolution.

“These groups are the ones lobbying MCAs to impeach governors. They also plan to mobilise university students to protest against counties which is highly unacceptable,” he said.

Mr Ogalo called on such people to be patients and wait for the next elections instead of perpetrating instability in the counties. He asked them to give counties time to settle.

WAIT FOR NEXT ELECTIONS

“We have about three years before the next elections. Let governors work and judge them at the end of their term, not now,” he stressed.

The leaders dismissed politicians gearing up for governorship in Migori, Kisumu, Siaya and Homa Bay saying such politics had made Nyanza region poor for a long time.

“We want governors to stamp their authority and provide room for public participation so that these politicians stay irrelevant,” Mr Ogalo said.

The elders hailed the milestones of devolution in health, agriculture and education and the growth of human resource capital in the counties.

-nation.co.ke

Luo Council of Elders Chairman Mr Meshack Riaga Ogallo (centre) address the press in Kisumu. The elders warned election losers to stop interfering with county governments. PHOTO/JACOB OWITI

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