Deputy President William Ruto has dismissed Raila Odinga’s proposal for a three tier government.
Ruto says what the country needs is devolution downwards and not upwards.
Raila on Wednesday proposed a three tire system that retains current counties, creates regional governments and retains the national government with a clear formula for revenue sharing.
“Whether we are looking at expanding the executive or we are looking at entrenching devolution, these are issues that can be prosecuted without engaging in a billion shilling referendum,” he sated.
“And in any case if there is going to be a suggestion in rearranging and arranging devolution, good people it cannot be devolution upwards, it can only be devolution downwards,” he further said.
Meanwhile the DP said the National government had no intention of delaying funds meant for the counties also reminding the devolved units to up their game in revenue collection at the counties level.
He further directed the National Treasury to liaise controller of budget and the auditor general to assist county governments in resolving financial matters.
The three-day devolution conference in Kakamega was opened on Tuesday by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga addressed the governor’s yesterday.