County Governors are up in arms against the national government over the management and funding of agricultural sector. And they have filed a petition in the High Court against the government.
The governors are government of opposition through its agencies and departments, sabotage and direct competition with agencies conducting the same functions. Agricultural functions are among the devolved functions under the new constitution.
Those sued include the Attorney-General, Transition Authority, Agricultural Development Corporation, Kenya Dairy Board, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services, National Cereals and Produce Board, National Irrigation Board, Agricultural Finance Corporation, Nyayo Tea Zones Development Authority, Director of Fisheries and Kenya Leather Development Council the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries as well as Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Authority.
The Kenya Law Reform Commission, and the Commission for Revenue Allocation, have been enjoined in the case as interested parties.
“Many of the agricultural sector agencies have retained their budget votes with minimal adjustments even as late as the 2015/16 budgetary allocations. The total sector budget remains unaffected at Sh23.9 billion with the largest spending item being crop development and management which accounts for 44 per cent of the total sector expenditure,” the governors say in their petition.
Chairman of the Council of County Governors, Peter Munya, “The high expectation placed on counties to deliver a better livelihood to their citizens is at stake. Without functions and the attendant resources, devolution will all but fail.”
Mr. Munya who is also the Governor of Meru County said unless the court intervenes to state clearly the function of the central and county governments, devolution will grind to a halt.