Munya issues ultimatum on devolution of remaining county functions

Council of Governors (COG) Chair Peter Munya has issued a warning to the Transitional Authority (TA) to prepare for a court battle if all devolved functions are not transferred to the counties by March 4, 2016.

Speaking at Mugae at the border of Tigania West and Buuri sub-Counties, Munya also said they would not accept a proposal for an extension of authority’s term in office when it expires on March 4.

Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Mwangi Kiunjuri has been advocating for the extension of the authority’s term in order to shepherd the devolution of the remaining functions.

Some of the functions that governors want devolved include irrigation, county roads, urbanisation and some elements of security.

Governors had earlier urged Parliament to reject TA’s plea to have their term extended by three years, terming the move unconstitutional.

Munya lamented that counties are experiencing a constitutional crisis following the delay by the authority to transfer all county functions.

The COG Chairman warned that counties would be plunged into major financial crises if the functions continue to be held by the national government.