Senate Minority Leader James Orengo has challenged governors to be more accountable to the public following the increase in the allocation of equitable resources to the counties passed by the senate.
Orengo said that handling funds without exercising accountability cannot build a just and fair nation and reiterated the need for those tasked with the responsibility of managing public funds to ensure prudent management.
“Governors, let us not fight for more resources but when we demand for accountability, you raise complaints,” Orengo said.
He was speaking Friday at Dibuoro primary school in Usonga location, Siaya County when he distributed iron sheets to River Nzoia flood victims.
“I hope that the money will be spent properly to provide services to the people,” said Orengo who was flanked by Alego / Usonga MP, Samuel Atandi and a host of members of Siaya county assembly.
The Siaya senator said it was not easy for the senate to fight for increased resources to the counties and warned politicians against claiming undue credit for the feat.
He said that credit for the solution to the impasse that had lasted close to two months should go to President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who, after consultation with the senate leadership, agreed to inject Sh50 billion more.
Orengo called on Kenyans not to allow the debate over the revenue sharing to divide them, adding that though it was difficult, the nation must remain strong, as there were no losers.
“The fight over resources can bring conflict and division in any nation,” he said adding that this must not be the case in Kenya.
Alego – Usonga MP Samuel Atandi hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta for taking the lead in solving the impasse and told Kenyans to be vigilant and ensure that the funds are used properly.
During the occasion, the senator donated 450 iron sheets for construction of houses to families that were displaced by floods.
By Philip Onyango.