Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga has finally revealed why DP Ruto skipped the 7th devolution conference that commenced today at the Makueni Boys High School.
Odinga said the second in command missed the meeting after he had sent his apologies following his busy schedule.
The DP is today popularizing his bottom-up economic model in Nandi and Uasin Gishu counties as he seeks to endear himself to the electorate ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The second-in-command began his Wednesday schedule at the Kapsabet show ground before attending the Kapsabet market groundbreaking ceremony.
He will then attend the opening of the Emgwen TTI in Nandi before making two more stops in Uasin Gishu, at Chebolol and Kesses.
In his speech, Raila said that it is not time to start showing people political differences but focus more on devolution goverment to bring more resources to the common citizens. Quoting about his efforts to unite the country ahead of 202 general elections.
Odinga urged the government to establish a National Climate Change Committee under the presidency. He noted that the effects of climate change are evident and the need to mitigate it is inevitable.
“Kenya is experiencing higher temperatures, unpredictable rainfall patterns, increased incidents of drought and floods and rising sea levels. Extreme weather events have led to loss of lives, diminished livelihoods, reduced crop and livestock production and damaged infrastructure, among other adverse impacts,” stated Raila.
He further urged the government to tackle overlapping and duplication of functions by state agencies, corporations, and regional development authorities and also prioritize counties by making them the largest spenders in the development revenue.
“The Public Finance Management (PFM) Act 2012 requires that at least 30 percent of the spending should be on development over a medium-term. Yet today, majority counties spend more than 50 per cent of their revenue on personal emoluments,” noted Raila.
“This is where devolution is failing to change lives as it should. So we need to enforce and ensure adherence to the Public Finance Management Act.”