Battle Intensifies As Governor Nanok Seeks To Retain COG Seat

Battle Intensifies As Governor Nanok Seeks To Retain COG Seat

Candidates wait with bated breath to see who will claim the top seat in the  Council of Governors election. Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok has his eyes on the top seat to continue his reign at the helm of the council that was previously headed by former Meru Governor Peter Munya. Sources say that intense lobbying amongst the opposite camp wants his opposers to divide and offer a less serious challenge.

Previous leaderships by former Governors Isaac Ruto and Peter Munya had a turbulent time with the national government. Nanok's tenure has had a relative calm and as he seeks to get a second term, chances are high that he will retake the seat.

Other candidates seeking the seat are Mr Salim Mvurya (Kwale), Ms Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), , Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu),  Mr Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) and Mr Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega). Some sources say that Jubilee affiliated governors plan to back Mr Salim Mvurya.

The Council of Governors is at loggerheads over the best formula for equitable division of revenue to counties by the national government.

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Apart from the chairman, the council also elects a vice chair, council whip and several chairpersons of committees.

The election will be held at Movenpick Hotel in Westlands.

Opposing the formula by the Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA), several governors say that the current formula neglects the current populations, resources contributed by a county to the exchequer, and poverty levels.

The CRA says that they only use data on population that is available from 2009, and adjusted. Kenya is set to conduct a population census this year.


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