Agriculture CS Peter Munya is headed on a collision course with Governors over several issues touching on agriculture. In a statement issued yesterday, the Council of governors has threatened to go to court saying the CS has been sidelining them in important matters considering that agriculture is devolved.
The bone of contention is the composition of several committees and some regulations.
“The Council of Governors wish to express its displeasure with the conduct of the Ministry of Agriculture for undertaking reforms in the sector without the involvement of Counties. The Ministry has so far gazetted the Tea and Sugar regulations without the involvement of Counties.
Further, the Ministry has appointed the Pyrethrum and Cotton revitalization committee without consultation with County Governments and the same have no representation of Counties. In addition, some of the Coffee producing Counties have not been included in the Coffee fund. We call upon the Ministry to regularize the issue by immediately degazetting the regulations failure to which we shall effectively take remedial action including court action. The Ministry has also cited the Council as not being a state organ this despite very clear provision under Section 19 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act which establishes the Council of Governor,” the Governors say.