President Uhuru Kenyatta opens governors conference in Mombasa

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BY CORRESPONDENT,MOMBASA,14TH DEC 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta has officially opened the governors conference in Mombasa.

Addressing the governors who have gathered in  a hotel in Kwale  president has urged all the 47 governors both from the opposition and the government side must come together for the development of the entire Nation.”We must now work together just as the chair of the council of governors Governor Nanok has said because i believe   devolution can work”.He said.

The president has also warned governors against misuse of public resources through corruption adding that such will not be tolerated.

The president says that in the last five years of his administration will be characterized by dedication to serving the people adding that  any governor going against the spirit  should be prepared to vacate office and allow those who are in need of providing people servant leadership take over.

Ready for Dialogue

President Kenyatta has also re-affirmed his commitment to dialogue that is centered on developing the country but not mare politics.

Governors follow president Kenyatta’s speech during the opening of the conference-COURTESY

The head of state added that time for politics was over and all governors must now work with a common agenda that of building a successful ,united ,productive Kenya.”Am ready  to engage with anyone of you as long as it is about taking Kenya forward,what am not ready to engage with is mare empty rhetoric”.He affirmed.

Secession debate

The  president has also warned on the debate on secession saying that Kenya is a sovereign state and it shall remain that way.

He further  warned against any attempt by politicians to engage in politics of separation saying it will be met with the full force of law.”We will not allow any such attempt ,if anyone tries to go that way we will ensure that law to take its course”.said Kenyatta.

On his part the council of governors chair Josephat Nanok has urged the national government to ensure that finances are released on time in order to ensure smooth service delivery to the counties.

The three day conference will be used for bench marking purposes as well as laying a foundation for the proper functioning of the county governments in the next five years.

Newly elected governors will be given advise on how to go about discharging their duties as the re-elected ones also share their experiences.

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