By Garissa County Government Press Unit:
Garissa Governor Nathif Jama has broken ranks with his colleagues over the controversial empowerment of county commissioners by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking in Garissa after attending a graduation ceremony for 105 graduands at Madrasa Najah Islamic School, Nathif said he had no problem with the president giving additional powers to the county commissioners saying that the constitution was forthright in the separation of powers and that he for saw no problems working with the national government officials.
He said he read the presidential circular detailing the new roles of the county commissioners, noting that there was no major concern to worry that they would be in conflict with the role played by the governors.
The governor said collaboration between the county and national governments was key for counties in northern Kenya where their teamwork is crucial in maintaining the fragile security in the region.
Nathif termed the cooperation between the governors and county commissioners as ‘key’, saying it was a ‘partnership for progress in development’.
“The partnership between the two organs is paramount for any meaningful development to take place in this region. This is why, in my case, I will work closely with all the national government officials in this county,” said Nathif who was flanked by local leaders and county security heads.
The governor urged residents to be development conscious instead of dwelling on empty rhetoric politics, reacting to social media speculations on the impending gubernatorial election petition at the Supreme Court that there will be a by election.
“The petition case is an ongoing process and everyone should await the decision of the court and let us avoid unnecessary speculation which will bring about unnecessary friction” said the governor.
Meanwhile, Governor Nathif will tomorrow (Wednesday) launch an estimated Sh 800 million development project aimed at changing the lifestyle of Garissa urban dwellers.
Nathif will officiate the installation of highmast floodlights and ordinary streets lights at a cost of Sh 154 million. The lights to be erected in designated areas are aimed at improving the prevailing better security which the township has enjoyed since April last year.
The Governor will also undertake the setting-up of two Genset power generators which was purchased at Sh 75 million and laying of new water pipelines at a total cost of Sh 60 million.
“Water is essential to every soul and the county administration will ensure to provide sufficient clean water to her citizens,” said County Spokesman Abdikadir Sugow
Sugow said the Governor will also launch the re-carpeting of Kismayu Road at a cost of Sh 55 million and lay foundation for the construction of a maternity wing and mortuary for Garissa Referral Hospital which will cost at Sh 25 million.
He said all the projects have been successfully awarded through competitive bidding, urging members of the public to turn out to witness the official ground breaking of the developmental.
The Governor was speaking at the graduation ceremony of Madrasatul Najah in Garissa town.