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COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS PRE-SUMMIT MEETING

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The Council of Governors on 23rd January 2018 held a consultative meeting at the Council of Governors offices to discuss pressing issues ahead of the planned Summit meeting. “The meeting which is the first after the election of the new Council of Governors in Kwale County last year, was graced by guests from State Department of Trade, Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), World Bank, Brand Kenya and County Pension Fund (CPF),” confirmed the Chairman H.E. Josphat Nanok in a statement. The summit meeting is a constitutional intergovernmental platform where the Governors meet with the president to discuss a way forward on pressing issues affecting counties. The Key issues discussed during the meeting include EACC media report on the appointment of CECs, trade branding of Counties, revenue allocation, short-term borrowing framework for counties, duplication of funds and the County Pension Bill 2017. According to media reports, County Executives did not comply in filing their declaration forms. EACC engaged the Council of Governors on the issue and the two organisations have had preliminary engagements and agreed they will agree on modalities of engaging the same.

“We have agreed we will agree on modalities of engaging on the same moving forward.” said HE Nanok.

The Country is currently heavily depending on imports to quell its food deficit. There is a huge shortage of agricultural wholesale markets with no modern facilities, weak supply chain management, lack of market information and manipulation by brokers and middlemen. This has led to losses to farmers and recurring food shortage in the Country. In this regard, the Council of Governors is focused to ensure that the situation is improved to ensure that wholesale markets are modernised, development of the national commodity exchange, diversification of products and markets among other measures.

The Constitution and the Public Finance Management Act, 2012 gives the Counties powers to borrow either for infrastructure projects or for short-term basis for the purposes of cash flow management. County Governments have for the last four years been hard-pressed to deliver on their functions due to the slow disbursement of funds and lack of a borrowing framework for both short-term and long-term hence a lot of services have been slowed or some left un-attended to altogether. It is on this basis that the Council extended a hand to work with the National Government through the National Treasury to fast-track the finalization of the short-term borrowing framework specifically to ensure that essential services are not delayed i.e. personnel emoluments and statutory deductions.

On duplication of functions, the County Governments urged both levels of government to move towards prioritization of their constitutionally mandated functions. It is in this regard that the Council once again extends an olive leaf/ branch to the national government to allow us have a closure on this issue.

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