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Nasa leader Raila Odinga has urged county leaders to define and separate roles, saying this will exonerate elected leaders from blame or failures that do not concern them.
In a speech read on his behalf by Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri during the closing of the third annual legislative summit in Mombasa, Raila said lack of clarity in the roles of the MCAs and County Executives has seen MCAs and senators blamed for failures that should be blamed on the executive and vice versa.
“I want to encourage MCAs to avoid situations that put them in conflict of interest like insisting on awarding tenders or being contractors while at the same time purporting to be carrying out oversight roles,” said Raila.
Meanwhile, the issue of two thirds gender rule dominated discussions during the closing of the summit as women leaders condemned violence against women. Chief Administrative Secretary Public Service, Youth and Gender, Rachael Shebesh said violence and discrimination against women in leadership has become rife.
“I want to warn men in leadership that aggression against women especially in Parliament has become too much and this should stop,” she said.