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.”

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - AN­DREW MBUVA @an­drewsm­buva

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”

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