The much advocated for devolution in Kenya seems not to be working as it was intended to. This is is attributable to the much witnessed cases of devolution of evils such as corruption, nepotism, tribalism among other social evils from the formerly central government to the nowadays county governments. The main aim of devolution was to bring the government services closer to the citizens but on the contrary the amount of money that is pilfering from the government structure as it goes down the governmental chain is wanting. We have witnessed counties claiming buying some goods which a rational consumer wouldn’t not have acquired at such unreasonable whooping millions gotten from the tax payers. We are most a times left wondering whether there still exists free markets with perfect competition or could it be that the consumers no longer have rights to make choices of what they want to buy? Or may be the principle of perfect substitution does not work anymore.
In the recent report by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission which listed counties on the inclusion and integration of other communities in their workforce, we have seen some counties even making advertisements for jobs and literally barring non-residents to the counties in question an opportunity to even apply for the advertised positions by placing such clauses as “You MUST be a resident of the county you are applying for.” In some other counties you can’t even get a job unless you know someone in there. The million dollars question we are asking is; “Is this the kind of devolution we wanted to have?” The answer is absolutely NO because we wanted counties so that the taxpayers money use can be put into accountability just at the door step. We wanted the counties where we would witness no corruption cases, counties where development is on the top of the agenda, counties where service to the citizens at the back roots is key and so forth. But see what do we have as a result of devolution: nepotism, tribalism and corruption at their worst levels.