Matuga ODM chairman supports calls for lean government

Matuga Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Chairman Mr. Hassan Juma Chitemba has strongly supported calls to have a lean government by reducing the number of elective posts.

Mr. Chitemba said that this will help in cutting down the government wage bill and hence boost the economy.

He was however categorical that the position of women reps should be abolished saying that they are adding no value to Kenyans.

Mr. Chitemba said the proposal to scale down elective positions as mooted by among others Mr. Moses Kuria, the MP for Gatundu South, ought to be supported as it will help address the issue of a bloated government.

The outspoken MP proposes that the number of Governors be cut down from 47 to 18 and the number of representatives in the National Assembly cut from 349 to 200.

Mr. Chitemba added that the new Constitution has burdened Kenyans with the high cost of paying salaries to too many leaders something nobody expected when they were voting for it.

“Representation needs to be drastically reduced as a majority of those elected are just misusing public resources while contributing nothing towards development,” said Mr. Chitemba.

He also called for the reduction of counties saying that there is no point of having so many of them.

By Betty Nyameche/James Muchai