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Governors Extra Ordinary Consultation Meeting

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The Council of Governors held an Extra Ordinary meeting to discuss pertinent issues ahead of the Governors and Deputy Governors induction meeting scheduled for 14th – 16th December, Kwale County.
Top on the agenda of the meeting were Analysis ongoing preparation of the nurses Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Amendment to the CARA to incorporate World Bank monies for Urban Development, Centralized of procurement of cancer drugs and supplies through Ministry of Health and Other Urgent Matters including the Kenya Urban Support Program, and the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research.
The meeting was graced by guests from the World Bank on behalf of the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP), representatives from KIPPRA, and representatives from the Bill and Melinda Gates.
The World Bank representatives at the meeting on behalf of the Kenya Urban Support Program briefed the Governors on the program which is going to support 45 Counties to a tune of Ksh 270 Billion directly for urban infrastructure development.
HE Nanok, Chairman Council of Governors said “Governors, in recognizing the importance of urban areas and cities in economic development, welcome the programme which will be implemented for a period of six years. Furthermore, as Counties develop their County Integrated Development Plans and other sectoral plans at the beginning of this regime, this programme will contribute significantly in the fulfilment of the said plans.”
The Council urged the Senate to quickly amend the County Allocation of Revenue Act (CARA) to include the projected US$ 22.3 million for the next three years and US $9 million for the financial year 2017/2018. This will enable the County Governments to proceed and budget their respective allocations for implementation of the urban programme.

In order for County Governments to plan for service delivery, it is important that the program is backed by data generated from quality research. Knowledge of how many households a County has is critical information to assist a County budget appropriately for its health programmes. In this regard, the Council of Governors resolved to cooperate with KIPPRA in order to support County Governments in developing evidence-based, data-driven policy and legal frameworks.
The nurses CBA remains to be a pertinent issue to the Council of Governors. The negotiations of the Nurses Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) are almost finalised. The Council of Governors endorsed the draft document and the negotiating team will proceed to finalize the process and have the CBA registered in the Labour court. The Council resolved to jointly with the National Government examine the gaps in the regulatory framework that governs that Industrial disputes in order to avert future strikes in any sector.
The Constitution of Kenya 2010 devolved several functions among them the health function. The essence and direct goal of devolution is to improve service delivery by bringing the services closer to the people. The Ministry of Health proposed that in light of the country’s cancer care burden, that they handle cancer treatment and management. Discussions among the Governors resolved that this reversal would be at the disadvantage of Kenyans. It will recentralise equipment and cancer care. A patient in Garissa will have to travel to Nairobi to access cancer services. What County Governments need is adequate funding for equipment and comprehensive capacity building for specialists at the County level. It was in on this consideration that the Council of Governors resolved that that monies for cancer drugs should be disbursed as a conditional grant.
The meeting also agreed that Governors apply themselves as instruments of peace in the country in light of the prevailing political circumstances. “We are leaders on our right and therefore implore on all leaders to come together and seek ways to cool political temperatures.’’ Said the Chairman of the Council in a statement.
The Council called upon all political leaders to support peace and unity. They reiterated that “We must all seek dialogue and resist from perpetuating polarized agendas. This is the only way we will refocus our energies on development. As Governors, our position is that Kenya must remain united and cohesive for this and future generations. We want peace, unity and cohesion. We will not stand by as the country gets torn apart by ethnicity and tribal politics.’’
The Council therefore established a committee to spearhead the agenda on national reconciliation, dialogue and healing. The members are follows:
1. H.E Josphat Nanok
2. H.E Kiraitu Murungi
3. H.E Salim Mvurya
4. H.E.Kivutha Kibwana
5. H.E Wyclifee Oparanya
6. H.E.Joyce Laboso
7. H.E.Jackson Mandago
8. H.E.Charity Ngilu
9. H.E.Francis Kimemia.
10. H.E Cornel Rasanga

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