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Thursday, 25 September 2014

MAKUENI COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO BE DISSOLVED



A plot to dissolve the troubled Makueni County Government is in the pipeline. The Council of Governors has said it will advise President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve the Makueni county government if an arbitration meeting with Makueni county leaders fails.

Under article 192, the president has powers to suspend a county government in the event of (a) an emergency arising out of internal conflict or war; or (b) in any other exceptional circumstances.

However the county government cannot be suspended unless an independent commission of inquiry has investigated allegations against it, the president is satisfied that the allegations are justified and the Senate has authorised the suspension. Under section 4 of the article, the senate may at any time terminate the suspension.

"The ultimate consequence of invoking Article 192 is that all leaders in the Assembly and Executive will have to go back to ballot," the council said. It added that it has received reports about a hostile environment in Makueni from the executive arm of the Makueni county government.

This comes just a few days after five people including Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana's chief of staff and his bodyguard were shot and injured during chaos that erupted in the county assembly.