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Kabogo faults MPs for passage of law to strip county heads of titles

Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has said Members of Parliament were unfair to county chiefs when they voted to strip them and county assembly members of the “Excellency” and “Honourable” titles and put them in the same rank with MPs in protocol.

Mr Kabogo, who spoke during the launch of Kiambu County Bursary fund in Kiambu town, said it was unfair to equate governors who head counties MPs who are only in charge of a constituency.

“I was not voted with the same votes as the MP, I was given 500, 000 votes in the county then you want to tell me that when an MP stands, I should salute them,” Mr Kabogo said.

MATTERS OF PROTOCOL

The bill passed by parliamentarians on Wednesday if signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta will also be used to determine sitting arrangements, programmes and the order in which state officials deliver addresses at all state functions and any other matters of protocol.

His Excellency title, which will be reserved to the President and Deputy President and their spouses, if the bill become a law is used to refer to the county chiefs while their spouses are referred as Her Excellency.

“The laws they are formulating will also be used against them should they become governors,” he said of the Bill, sponsored by Eldas MP Adan Keynan.