By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
The Council of Governors has assured Kenyans that conflicts between counties will soon be a forgotten history.
Council of Governors Chairperson Josphat Nanok said all the 47 county governors have established a peace committee that will oversee and mediate on matters arising from counties.
“Governors throughout the country established peace committees 3 months ago that will look into all issues pertaining conflicts amongst counties” Nanok stated
Speaking in Mombasa over the weekend, the COG boss noted that the council in partnership with the national government will roll out a programme that will assist to resolve boundary disputes between counties.
He indicated that county governors are at the fore front in ensuring that boundary disputes are resolved through mutual agreement.
Nanok however pointed out that in most instances counties fight over resources.
“As governors we are taking the lead in ensuring that we resolve all disputes through mutual agreement. We are so concerned with harmony and peace amongst all the counties.” He explained
Already Kwale governor Salim Mvurya had sent an alarm to his Taita Taveta Counterpart Granton Samboja on claims that he is encroaching on his county.
The council’s chair stated that it is the role of parliament to streamline the county boundaries bill which has been tabled in Parliament in a bid to alleviate conflicts in counties.
He outlined that the council is looking forward to ensuring that appropriate amendments are made to the bill.
“There is the counties boundaries bill in parliament which is aimed at alleviating conflicts between counties. It the responsibility of parliament to work on the bill so that such conflicts can be handled prudently.” He said
Nanok urged the media to follow the proceedings of the county boundaries bill in parliament saying it attracts public binterests.
“Journalist should come out and follow all the proceedings of the bill in parliament. This bill is of a public interest and needs your attention” He indicated
At the same time Peter Munya Cabinet Secretary in charge of the East African Community and Northern Corridor Development said the ministry is concerned with the harmonization of trade between the East African countries.
“As a ministry we are here to harmonize business throughout the east African region and ensure that the citizens in these countries enjoy their rights” He said
The CS noted that the country is forging ahead to ensuring that there exists free movement of both people and goods across the East African countries.
He however indicated that one of the major challenges facing the ministry is underfunding from the national government saying its mandate is diversified.
“In spite of the huge task ahead of us this ministry is the least funded ministry by government. We are calling upon the government to check into the ministry.” He reiterated
The council of governors is a non-partisan organization established under section 19 of the intergovernmental act IGRA 2012.
The council of governors comprises of the governors of all the forty seven counties.
Its main vision is to provide visionary leadership, sharing of best practices, offer a collective voice on policy issues, promote inter county consultations among others functions.