Meru Governor Peter Munya has been elected as the new Chairman of Council of Governors, replacing Bomet’s Isaac Rutto.

Governor Salim Mvurya (Kwale) has retained his seat as Vice Chairman, with Marsabit Governor Ukuru Yattani replaced Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka as CoG Chief Whip.

Munya on Wednesday said he will steer CoG agenda to the next level, including pushing for allocation of more resources to the counties if elected.

“Most of these tasks, including the revamping of the Pesa Mashinani referendum drive, require strong and tenacious leadership,” Munya said on Wednesday.

He praised Rutto for giving CoG the stature it deserved in the reorganised political structure under the new constitution.

“The outgoing chair has done very well in that regard. We cannot afford to backtrack on the gains we have made so far, including on the quality of leadership.”

The chairman is in charge of the council’s fund contributed to by county governments and donor organisations, believed to be millions of shillings.

The chairman takes office at a time when governors are agitating for more funds to the counties from the current minimum of 15 per cent to at least 45 per cent of total national revenue.

The election was held at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, during the annual CoG meeting and has been preceded by intense behind-the-scenes lobbying by both the ruling Jubilee Alliance and opposition Cord.

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