The strained relations between national leaders and governors played out during the opening of the third Annual Devolution Conference in Meru County after Senators and MPs made good their threat to boycott the event.
President Uhuru Kenyatta did not also attend the function but was represented by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri.
Only Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro and three nominated senators, Dr Agnes Zani, Mrs Zipporah Kittony and Godliver Omondi attended the opening of the conference at the Meru National Polytechnic.
Tigania West MP David Kariithi was the only legislator present at the opening ceremony. But members of county assemblies from all the counties attended in large numbers.