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18th Summit of Heads of States of the East African Community, Dar Es Salaam

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DP William Ruto with Lesotho Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing. 4th April, 2017

Deputy President William Ruto and Lesotho Deputy Prime Minister Mothetetjoa Metsing

Lesotho is seeking Kenya's help in the process of rewriting it’s constitution.

A delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing which met Deputy President William Ruto in his Karen office, Nairobi, said Lesotho has started the process of making its own constitution after witnessing political instability in the recent past.

Mr. Metsing who was accompanied by Lesotho Trade Minister Joshua Setipa and Lesotho’s Ambassador to Kenya Nyolosi Mphala said his country has decided to come up with its constitution ahead of the county’s elections to be held later in the year to help contain political instability.

He said Lesotho was keen on learning from Kenyan’s process, which eventually led to a new constitution, which came into force in August 2010 after ratification by the people through a referendum.

“We have come here to seek help in making reforms in our country to end politics of instability that we have witnessed in the recent past and which has led to frequent elections,” said Mr Metsing.

“In fact, we had a snap election last year and later this year we are now going for elections,” added the deputy prime Minister.

He said along with a power sharing agreement, the reforms were expected to see to it that any wrangles revolving around leadership are conclusively dealt with.

Mr Metsing said politics of betrayal and party hopping was to blame for frequent elections in his country.

“We have the problem where MPs cross the floor at will whenever they differ on issues. This has led to unplanned elections as Parliament is always dissolved whenever there are political wrangles,” he said.

“It is impressive that Kenya’s Constitution, for example, has taken away powers from the President from dissolving Parliament any time he wishes. We also want an Act like this in our constitutions that we are preparing,” said Mr Metsing.

Mr Ruto said Kenya was ready and willing to provide technical advice to Lesotho that can enable them have a constitution that can facilitate peace and stability.

“We are ready as a country to provide technical support to Lesotho so that it comes up with a constitution that ensures stability,” said Mr Ruto.

“I want to assure you that we are open to share experiences with Lesotho so that it can succeed in making its constitution,” added Mr Ruto.

He said a successful constitution is the one, which promotes the culture of multiparty democracy saying service delivery, should always be the driving force for any government.

The Deputy President said unless political parties in Africa de-ethicized their politics, the much-needed unity would be elusive to achieve.

Mr Ruto said politics of tribalism and negative ethnicity was to blame for instability in many countries.

The Deputy President said devolution was a key element in the constitution that empowered the people to make decisions on service delivery and development in their areas.

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Opening ceremony of the Summit on Partnership Peace and Emergence in Mali.

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Deputy President William Ruto with French President Francois Hollande and Mali President Ibrahim Keita during the opening session of the 27th Africa-France Summit for Patnership Peace and Emergence in Bamako, Mali. 14th January, 2016 Photo/DPPS

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Treasury offers loans to counties

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Deputy President William Ruto chats with Busia governor Sospeter Ojamong during the IBEC meeting in Karen. 21st February, 2017 Photo/DPPS.

The National Treasury will advance loans to county governments in dire need of quick funds and have nothing in their coffers.

This will enable counties get cash at a cheaper rate.

The National Treasury will in turn deduct the funds "agreeably" with the borrowers from their yearly county allocation.

This was ratified at a meeting of the Inter-Governmental Budget and Economic Council chaired by Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen residence, Nairobi.

Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said: "After discussion with the Central Bank of Kenya, we have found a mechanism to provide funds to counties upfront in the event there is an urgent need.

Mr Rotich also announced that donors have given the government Ksh 5.5 billion for health transformation, agriculture and county facilities.

Mr. Ruto said using the National Treasury to issue the loans will make it easy for counties as they will not need guarantees.

Mr Ruto said: “The Central Bank of Kenya is comfortable with the National Treasury issuing the loans because the National Treasury can guarantee itself.”

The Meeting brought together governors, county officials, Cabinet Secretaries, Permanent Secretaries, officials from the Commission of Revenue Allocation, Parliament and Controller of Budget.

Governors Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), John Mruttu (Taita Taveta) and Joshua Irungu (Laikipia), Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu and Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo attended the meeting.

The meeting also agreed to increase county roads fund from the current 15 per cent to 25 per cent. The funds, collected from fuel levy will be used to maintain county roads.

Mr Rotich said the National treasury will also disburse Ksh. 1.4 Billion free maternity care funds to counties within a month. The service will in due course be administered by the National Hospital Insurance Fund, which will have representation from county governments. County representatives will also sit in the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

A further Ksh 2 billion has been allocated to vocational Training centers in counties.
The meeting also agreed to form a committee to evaluate county assets and liabilities.
Mr Oparanya confirmed that the Integrated Financial Management Information system (IFMIS) was functioning properly.

Mr Ruto, who is also the Chairman of IBEC said the Jubilee administration is committed to the success of devolution in the country despite the various challenges faced.

He said the Government has continuously engaged the Council of Governors and other stakeholders in consultative meetings to overcome the challenges.

Mr Ruto said: “We have managed to provide a firm foundation upon which devolution can succeed. We are very proud of the achievements we have made.”

The Deputy President said the Government is working with county governments to resolve the issue of pension of County worker.

During the graduation ceremony at the Kenya Medical Training College

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Deputy President William Ruto during the graduation ceremony at the Kenya Medical Training College - Nairobi Campus. 1st December, 2016 - Photo/DPPS

Deputy President during the graduation ceremony at KMTC

Deputy President during the graduation ceremony at KMTC

Deputy President during the graduation ceremony at KMTC2