Kisumu Senator Hon Fred Outa has called on Governor Anyang Nyong’o to rescind his decision to appoint himself as the acting county executive committee member for health.
Senator Outa argued that Governor Nyong’o is going against the County Governments Act that stipulates the role of a Governor in the county.
He says the Constitution gives the Governor authority to appoint the county executive committee as stipulated in article 179(2)(b) of the Constitution with the approval of the County Assembly.
The Senator says in the law, there is no where a Governor is donated powers to appoint himself as acting county executive committee member.
He gave an example when President Uhuru Kenyatta relieved the former finance cabinet secretary Henry Rotich and appointed Ukur Yatani in an acting capacity without taking that role since he is the head of state.
Senator Outa says Kenyans promulgated the new Constitution in 2010 to act as its guide and not to be abused for selfish gain.
He opined that the Governor ought to have appointed his deputy Dr Mathews Owili or any member of his cabinet before finding a suitable candidate.
He says a deputy governor is a helper of the governor and in situations like in what Governor Nyong’o finds himself, it is Dr Owili who was to come in and act before a substantive CeC is sourced.
He appealed to Nyong’o to donate some responsibilities to his deputy noting that in majority of the counties, deputy governors are assigned duties as CeCs.