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Monday, 2 February 2015

ODM team to probe Kisumu county feud



Orange Democratic Movement ( ODM) is set to form a taskforce to probe the wrangles facing Kisumu County. ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga has said the taskforce will concentrate on the executive arm of the county government and is tasked to detail recommendations to reconcile warring factions. Governor Jack Ranguma and his Deputy Ruth Odinga are feuding over management of county affairs. Speaking in Kisumu on Sunday when he met Luo Council of Elders, Raila said the wrangles were hurting the county's development agenda. The CORD leader, however, blamed the National Government for failure to provide proper management structures within devolved units of the county governments. He said wrangles are all over in county governments due to teething problems that the national government has done little to address. See also: ODM demands urgent probe into Form One selection Service delivery "National Government has a responsibility of coordination to ensure service delivery does not suffer at the expense of a tug of war between governors and their deputies," said Raila. While saying that there should be no acrimony between county leaders, Raila said a short period was remaining before the end of the first term of devolution and that governors needed to pull up their socks and deliver to the people instead of constant wrangles. The county leadership have been engaged in endless wrangles in the last one year. Mid last year, the county assembly impeached Speaker Anne Adul in what the assembly turned lack of performance on the speaker's part. The conflict began after members of county assembly disagreed on the motion to suspend the assembly service board.