Review time for governors

Monday November 27 2017

By EDITORIAL
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As governors mark 100 days in office, it is time for them to take stock of what they have achieved since they won their seats in August.

Wananchi should also use this milestone to examine whether their leaders have lived up to their expectations.

Those found to have fallen short ought to be made aware of their shortcomings.

Whereas it is understandable that some counties have yet to receive their full allocations from the National Treasury, this is not sufficient reason for them to deny the people basic services such as healthcare and garbage collection.

REVENUE

Counties should show how they have spent the money they have raised from local taxes, not just what they receive from the national government.

This milestone is an opportune time for the leaders to re-evaluate their commitment to the public and articulate goals they have set so that wananchi can hold them to account.

Even where leaders outline their vision, it must derive sustenance from the wishes of the voters so as to prioritise needs.

It is not enough for governors to be good politicians.

ACCOUNTABILITY

They must also be prudent managers of public resources.

What they have done can be a good pointer of the direction in which they are heading.

That is why, even as they are auditing themselves, they should also be audited by the citizenry.


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