The Council of Governors has announced the lifting of counties shutdown and urged the devolved units to resume their functions immediately.
Speaking in Bungoma County on Friday September 18, CoG Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said the decision was reached out following consultation with his colleagues.
He thanked them for supporting a resolution to shutdown the devolved units to complel Senators to resolve the stalemate on Revenue Sharing Formula.
The Senate on Thursday unanimously resolved the stalemate after a long tussle that left counties in the red due to lack of funds.
Oparanya who is also the Kakamega Governor urged National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani to release funds to the counties immediately to cushion the devolved units from financial crisis they are currently facing.
“I take this opportunity on behalf of my colleagues to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for intervening to end the stalemate at the Senate that had starved counties of money,” he said.
The Governor urged all county staff who had been sent home to resume duty on Monday.
Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa pointed out that Bungoma county was heading to the better direction since Wangamati took over.
“Let’s guard devolution and use the available resources to develop them, this is how we will enrich our people,” he said.
Present to celebrate the three year’s achievements of Bungoma governor Wycliffe Wangamati were West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo, James Ongwae of Kisii, Anyang Nyong’o of Kisumu and Wilbur Ottichilo of Vihiga.
Mps present at Kibabii University grounds included Wafula Wamunyinyi of Kanduyi, Didmus Barasa (Kimilili), Eseli Simiyu of Tongaren, Mwambu Mabongah of Bumula and Dan Wanyama of Webuye West.