NATHANIEL NGANGA: DISAPPOINTED WITH DEVOLUTION
NATHANIEL NGANGA, DEPUTY SPEAKER AT MACHAKOS COUNTY ASSEMBLY / “Devolution is the sure way to the future of this country but the biggest problem we have is that it has been held hostage by individuals who see themselves as imperial governors.”
He was only two years from University, unmarried and financially challenged when he decided to go full throttle into politics.
The dinner party Nathaniel Nganga organised to raise funds for his campaigns only raised Sh100,000.
To navigate through the usually murky waters of political competition which had within it experienced politicians and well moneyed persons, he had to be smart.
“I knew very well it was not going to be easy to get the nomination certificate in the major political parties because I felt that they were already divided out,” Nganga, the Deputy Speaker at Machakos County Assembly says.
Given this reality, he had to be smart; first, not to use the giant political parties in the region since they ever guaranteed him the highly prized nomination certificate.
With that in mind, he settled for Narc Kenya aware of the uphill task that lay ahead.
As if not enough, he also had to learn the hard way what it meant by joining politics without a family.
“At first I never thought of it as challenge but it turned out to be among the prime challenges,” he says, pointing out that his opponents used to create an impression he was too young to lead.
The politician, popularly known as “Nganga wa Ngangani” is a firm believer of devolution, but he is disappointed with the manner governors have been implementing it.
“Devolution is the sure way to the future of this country but the biggest problem we have is that it has been held hostage by individuals who see themselves as imperial governors.”
He regrets the national government through the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) has been misled to believe that the problem with devolution is the assemblies.
Because of this, the government has been forced to collaborate with the governors to muzzle the county assemblies.
“This has killed the oversight arm in the counties making the Governors do whatever they want and get away with it,” he says.
He says that there was need to empower the county assemblies so that that they can stand up to the executive if the dream of devolution is to be achieved.
Nganga says governors do not respect separation of powers between the two arms. This is the reason behind conflicts between governors and the MCAs.
“GOVERNORS DO WHATEVER THEY WANT AND GET AWAY WITH IT”