Bipartisan talks: Ruto, Raila teams reject creation of 23 more counties

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The National Dialogue Committee comprising representatives of President William Ruto and the Opposition Leader Raila Odingarejected a bid to increase the number of counties by 23, which would have brought the number of devolved units to 70.

Instead, the team co-chaired by party leader Wiper Democratic Movement Kalonzo Musyoka and National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah wants the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to investigate allegations of perceived marginalization and discrimination against major minority communities who sought to have new counties created.

The new counties that the committee was to create were: Wajir South, Sabaot, Mwingi, Kuria, Teso, Mount Elgon, East Pokot, Gucha, Suba, Ijara, Nakuru West, Turkana North, Turkana Central and Turkana South, Thika, Kiambu East. , Kiambu West, Maragwa, Mbeere, Kieni, Molo, Suba and Embakasi City counties.

“Most calls for the creation of new counties were based on allegations of marginalization and discrimination of minority communities in certain counties in terms of development, resource allocation, service delivery, employment opportunities and leadership of the county, among other reasons,” the committee observed in its report. report of November 25.

These reasons, according to the commission, are not sufficient and could create even more serious problems.

“The creation of counties according to ethnic groups poses a risk of ethnic balkanization and increased polarization of the country,” the commission said.

He added that all that could be done was to delineate the boundaries provided for looking into the issues.

“The National Cohesion and Integration Commission is investigating allegations of marginalization and discrimination perceived by the Sabaot community living in Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties; residents of the constituencies of Wajir South, Tiaty and the Teso, Kuria and Suba communities, with the aim of verifying the claims and the extent of marginalization and discrimination and making proposals to promote inclusion and peaceful coexistence between different communities,” the National Dialogue Committee said in its report.

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