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Voters Still Clueless On The Roles Of Leaders They Are About To Elect

As Kenyans remain with less than 43 days to the general elections, it is now clear that a section of voters still cannot distinguish the duties of the leaders they are supposed to vote for.

Many Kenyans probed by Ghetto Radio could not exactly state the constitutional roles that the leaders they are about to elect are supposed.

Many people said that they did not understand the exact duties of the six leaders they will be voting for.

“I hail from Kibera.  This will be my first time to vote but and what I understand is that governor is in charge of governing the county, senator his or her duties is to press for money to come out  women rep I know nothing but Member of Parliament is in charge of constituency. MCA is grass hoot leader,” said one voter.

“I’m Mercy and I stay in Kibera, I’m going to vote for the third time but I don’t understand the duties of different leaders whom I’m going to vote for. The government should arrange a day and teach us what their duties are so when there is something we know who to blame,” said Mercy.

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“I’m Geroge Morara a resident of Kibera and since the day new construction was adopted I don’t understand the duties of different leaders.’

Below are some of the roles of the various leaders;

President – The president is the leader of the nation. He is also commander in chief of the armed forces. The President is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws written by Congress and, to that end, appoints the heads of the federal agencies, including the Cabinet. The Vice President is also part of the Executive Branch, ready to assume the Presidency should the need arise.

Senator – Empowered to represent the interests of the counties and their governments. Participates in law-making by considering, debating and approving bills concerning counties. Determines allocation of national revenue among counties.

The woman representative – A county woman representative is a member of the Kenya National Assembly who represents one of the 47 counties in a seat reserved for female, just like the MP, her role is to legislate and oversight.

Member of the National Assembly (MP)- The National Assembly represents the people of the constituencies and special interests in the National Assembly. The National Assembly deliberates on and resolves issues of concern to the people.The MP is also the CEO of the Constituency Development Fund popularly known as the CDF.

Governor– He is basically the Chief Executive Officer of the county.

MCA– The major role of the Members of the County Assembly in Kenya is legislation, representation, and oversighting the county government.

By Jeremick Joe

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