County Executive Calls on Senate to Cushion Cooperators from Miscellaneous Laws
Uasin Gishu County CECM for Cooperatives and Enterprise Development Esther Mutai has asked the Senate committee on Tourism, Trade and Industrialization to facilitate public participation if laws on cooperatives are to be amended.
Mutai asked the Senate to assist in streamlining of the sector since they are development accelerators in all counties. They boost economic growth both in rural and urban areas.
Speaking on Thursday when she appeared before the senate standing committee on Tourism, Trade and Industrialization which is chaired by Senator Charles Kibiru, Mutai said counties should be given the freedom to enact their own laws to govern cooperatives.
"Mr chair, we appeal for your guidance since the bottom line is that cooperatives are a fully devolved function"
Mutai argued that in the year 2017/ 2018, some miscellaneous amendments bills were introduced in the National Assembly without the knowledge of the counties.
This, she said can halt or rather impend the operations of mwananchi who run their established saccos.
"We, as a county have allocated Ksh 150m to cooperatives to venture into manufacturing which will, in turn, see the realization of the country's big four agenda." Said Mutai.
Tourism CECM Mary Njogu who was also in the panel said there is a need for the national government to incorporate the funding of all tourism sectors in all the 47 counties.
Njogu reiterated that the brand Kenya board is soon going to not only brand Uasin Gishu county but the entire north rift region so as to be well positioned on matters of tourism.
According to the acting CO for Trade and Industrialization Kipleting Mengich who represented Dr. Emily Kogos CEC in the department of ICT and Trade, the Senate Committee should review the special economic zones act to provide the counties like Uasin Gishu that is hosting the industrial park to negotiate on the waivers on electricity.
"If you look into other counties that have the special economic zones in a Country like Ethiopia, the rate of electricity per unit ranges between sh4 to sh7. This is way far below Kenya's which stands at sh15 per unit" said Mengich.
On this, Committee Member Hon Paul Githiomi who is also the Nyandarua Senator pointed out that the issue of electricity needs to be looked at in order to encourage serious industrialists in the nation to meet the sector which is part of the major four agenda.