In a continuation of Uhuru’s acrimonious spat with his deputy, a number of Cabinet Secretaries and governors boldly snubbed a key meeting held by DP Ruto. The source had revealed that only Governor Nanok was present at Ruto’s Karen home for the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council.
County Executive Committee Members ,PS Devolution Mr. Julius Korir, Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o, National Treasury and Ministry of Devolution were among the others. This was the 17th Ordinary Session being held by the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council to explore ways to boost counties’ own source revenue, which has been declining in recent years.
DP Ruto tweeted saying that Own Source Revenue is a sleeping giant that has the capacity to ignite a county’s economic potential and prosperity. He applauded the partnership between the Office of the Controller of Budget and the United Nations Capital Development Fund, which will boost the generation of own income and so assist confront the problem of pending bills.
Among those who led a group of governors in skipping the meeting was Martin Wambora who is the Chairman of the Council of Governors and the Governor of Embu. Governor Wambora is a Kenya Kwanza Alliance ally of DP Ruto.
Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi, Commission for Revenue Allocation Jane Kiringai and Auditor General Nancy Gathungi were among those who did not attend. Treasury CS Ukur Yatani, James Macharia for Transport, CS George Magoha for Education, Peter Munya for Agriculture, and Eugene Wamalwa for Ag Devolution had been invited, but none of them showed up.
Yatani, who is a permanent member of the council due to his role as Treasury Chief of Staff, is now out of the country. The Treasury CS assumes command in his absence. President Uhuru’s allies have been vocal critics of the DP and senior figures of Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya presidential contender Raila Odinga.