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Thursday 25 September 2014


Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana wants the President to dissolve the county government in the wake of irreconcilable differences.

Prof Kibwana said the President could dissolve the county government by invoking the Constitution. “The Constitution is very clear that if a county government is unable to function and deliver services to the people, then the only way out is to dissolve it and call for fresh elections so that new leaders can take over.”

He lamented that the differences had stalled the operations of the government. “I have begun consultations with the people of Makueni so that the county government can be dissolved as nothing seems to be working because of the in-fighting,” said the constitutional scholar.

 “If the people of Makueni agree to this proposal, then we will invite the President to dissolve the county government and call for fresh elections within 90 days for the residents to elect a new leadership.”

Prof Kibwana noted: “We fought very hard for this Constitution and therefore we should let the law take its course where we feel things are not moving. Truth be told, the county government has not been functioning as is required. I am ready to forgo the position of governor if the people of Makueni choose to elect another person in the event that fresh elections are held.”

Prof Kibwana accused the county assembly of making it “very difficult” for the government to function, citing delays in passing Bills and the budget that would facilitate the smooth running of the county.

“The MCAs want to remove four of the county executives whom they accuse of being involved in impropriety. If they succeed, then it means I will only be left with four members of the Cabinet. What this means is that since the two of the executives being targeted are women, the Cabinet will not meet the gender threshold and therefore not able to transact any business,” Prof Kibwana said.

Last year, the county was unable to work for six months because of delays in passing the budget as well as supplementary budgets. The governor said the problems facing Makueni had been engineered by a section of leaders intent on kicking him out of office because of his position against corruption.

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