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Chair of the Council of Governors Intergovernmental Committee H.E. Governor Stephen Sang, Barnabas Nge'no, Chairman CECs Caucus for Lands, Housing and Urban/ Physical Planning, CECM Lands, Bramuel Murgor Serebemuom, CEC Lands, Bungoma County and Eng. Lucy Wanjiku Kariuki, CEC Lands, Nakuru County, presented their submissions to Senate on the County Boundaries Bill, 2017 and Legislative Memorandum on the County Assumption of Office of Governor Bill 2018.

The County Assumption of Office of Governor Bill 2018, seeks to address the lacuna in law regarding the procedure on the assumption of office of Governors. Of particular concern to the CoG were the amendments proposed under Clause 5 of the Bill which catered for the composition of the committee with the Council strongly proposing the inclusion of the National Intelligence Service and the Judiciary. The Council of Governors further proposed that the Bill should prescribe the kind of information that the committee may request from a public service officer. Additionally, it should factor in a clause on the gazettement of the day and place where the swearing in ceremony would take place. The aim is to ensure that the public is aware of the event. Regarding the members of the Judiciary who will administer the swear-in the Governor’s oath, the Council proposed that only a judge of the High Court should swear-in a Governor. However, the memorandum notes that the judge should not be limited to being a resident judge as some counties do not have High Courts.

On the other hand the County Boundaries Bill, 2017, intends to define boundaries of Counties, providing for the resolution of County Boundary Disputes through establishment of County Boundaries Mediation Committee as well as give effect to Article 188 of the Constitution on alteration of County boundaries. The Bill sets out in detail the manner in which the boundaries of the County are to be altered. According to Article 188 of the Constitution, County boundaries may be altered based on population density and demographic trends, physical and human infrastructure, and historical and cultural ties, the cost of administration, views of the affected communities, objects of devolution of government and geographical features. This will ensure that a high threshold will have to be met by any party desiring to alter the boundaries of any given county.
Amendments to the bill seek to address this concern, by demanding that the Cabinet Secretary consults with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Committee (IEBC) when making regulations for implementing it. However, this does not seem to dispose the concern of the County Governments since the implementation of these regulations will be by County Governments as captured under Fourth Schedule of the Constitution. Therefore County governments need to be consulted in their formulation as proposed in the written memorandum to Senate by the Council of Governors. Other than the issue of involvement of County Governments in policy making, the Bill is in line with the Constitution.

The Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Council of Governors and Water Service Providers Association jointly organized the Kenya Water Summit held from 1st – 2nd, 2018 at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge. Under the theme, “Protecting and sustaining the gains made under the water sector reforms through devolution”, the forum was aimed at bringing together all Water Sector Actors in Kenya following enactment of the Water Act 2016 under the new Constitution 2010 which fundamentally recognizes water as a shared function between the National and County Governments as contemplated under the Fourth schedule. The Forum brought together top leadership from the Ministry of Water & Sanitation led by the Cabinet Secretary – Hon. Simon Chelugui and Principal Secretary, State Department for Water Services – Prof. Fred Segor, H. E. Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, Chairman of the CoG Sectoral Committee on Water, Forestry and Mining and Governor Meru County, H. E. Dr. Wilbert Khasilwa Ottichilo, Governor Vihiga County, H.E. Hon. Lee Kinyanjui, Governor of Nakuru County, H.E Francis Thuita Kimemia,CBS,EGH, Governor of Nyandarua County, H.E Stanley Kiptis, Governor of Baringo County , H.E Hon Dr. Joyce Laboso , Governor Bomet County ,Eng. Daniel Nganga – Chairman WASPA, Mr. Adam Norakine - Chairman WSTG - Development Partners’ Representative and County Executive Committee Members and Members of the County Assembly.
In his opening remarks, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water & Sanitation, Hon. Simon Chelugui, noted that investment in the sector had increased from Kshs.2 billion in 2003/2004 financial year to the current level of about Kshs.40 billion while water coverage levels had also increased from around 30% to the current level of 60%. It was projected that if the current trend continued then the country would achieve 80% coverage by the year 2020 and universal access by 2030. This will in effect fulfill aspirations of the Vision 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No.6 on universal access to water.
In addition, CS Chelugui, assured participants that the Inter-Governmental Water Sector Coordination Framework will pave way for a clear mechanism to align the envisaged County Water Bills with the Constitution and the new Water Act 2016 which defines clearly the mandate of both National and County Governments.
In conclusion, the CS said that the Ministry was developing key policy documents such as the National Water Policy, National Water Resources Management strategy and the Water Sector Transition Plan which will facilitate identification of critical elements necessary to guide implementation of the water sector reforms in line with Constitution and the Water Act, 2016
Speaking on behalf of Council of Governors, H.E Hon Josphat Nanok the Chairman and H. E. Dr. Wilbert Khasilwa Ottichilo, Governor Vihiga County called for sensitization on the institutional roles and responsibilities of all sector players within the water sector so as to address the prevailing challenges and ensure harmonized relationships thus avoiding unnecessary conflicts. Both recognized the role that the development partners and the Public Benefit Organizations have been playing in working with Counties to develop legislation as well as building technical capacity to ensure the proper management of water resources and service delivery.
In this regard, the Council of Governors in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Sanitation developed the Intergovernmental Water Sector Consultation and Cooperation Framework, whose goal is to steer the attainment of a robust and sustainable water sector in Kenya. This will be through the coordination of the attainment of policy goals and standards as well as liaison between the National Government and County Governments through the provision of a platform for dialogue and engagement of critical stakeholders in the sector.
H.E. Hon. Lee Kinyanjui, Governor of Nakuru County noted that good governance was critical for counties are to attract investors and development partners. In his case, Nakuru County has been able to attract partnerships in major water and sanitation projects including the Itare dam project that once completed, will supply Nakuru with 100,000 cubic metres a day, Chemususu Dam that will supply 10,000 cubic metres daily; sanitation projects and expansion of Sewerage works by World Bank, Africa Development Bank, KfW Germany, Kenya Pooled Water Fund, VEI and Water and Sanitation for Urban poor.
Chair of the Caucus for CECs in Charge of Water, Sanitation, Forestry & Mining, Eng. Festus Ngeno spoke on the country’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal on Water and Sanitation (SDG 6) which is aimed at “Universal and Equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all and adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all”. In addition, he emphasized that while safe clean water and reasonable standards of sanitation are fundamental rights, they have remained elusive in most parts of various counties because of budgetary constraints needed to set up these infrastructure, amongst others.
H. E. Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, Chairman of the CoG Sectoral Committee on Water, Forestry and Mining and Governor of Meru County while closing the Summit, gave assurance that as a Committee they will call for a country wide tree planting campaign especially during the rainy season as a way of supporting the protection water resources. Counties will work closely with the National Government and other partners in building technical capacities of counties and developing policies and frameworks in addressing governance issues in the water sector. In this regards, H.E. Kiraitu emphasized that the Council of Governors fully supports the recent ban on logging on Public and County forests by the Environment and Cabinet Secretary in an effort to restore the water catchments in the Country and calling upon all the County Government to enforce the moratorium.

In fulfillment of the Constitutional provision under Article 234 (2) (c) & (h) to promote the Values and Principles in Articles 10 and 232 throughout the public service, the Public Service Commission in 2017 undertook an online survey that targeted 215 Ministries, Departments and Agencies on values and principles compliance. Council of Governors (COG) emerged at the top of Statutory Commissions and Authorities sector survey in the Public Service Commission performance rankings on values and principles released yesterday. The rankings contained in the report conducted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) that also saw Council of Governors score 83.9% ahead of Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya Law Reform Commission and National Commission on Integration Commission who scored 81.6%, 63.55% and 68.94% respectively.
The Council of Governors has also performed exemplarily well in areas of Ensuring high standards of professional ethics; Good governance, transparency and accountability; Diversity management; Public participation in policy making; Efficiency, effectiveness, economic use of resources and sustainable development and Equitable allocation of opportunities and resources, where COG scored each 100.00 percent.
COG in areas of performance management scored 80 percent; accountability for administrative acts scoring 62.5 percent and in improvement in service delivery scoring 40 percent. Contribution to the low scores were in areas of low documentation and automation of business processes and failure to compile a schedule of registrable interests for staff. The Council of Governor congratulates all other organisations ranked in the report and congratulates the employees of the secretariat for their sacrificial dedication to their day-to-day work that all contributed to the incredible performance.

Click Here to download the Evaluation Report for the Year 2016/2017 on Public Service Compliance with the Values and Principles in Articles 10 and 232 of the Constitution.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 07:12


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Council of Governors organised a health stakeholders’ forum to deliberate on health workers strikes to ensure that they do not recur in future. The meeting held at Maanzoni Lodge, Machakos County on February 27th, 2018 was officially opened by Health Committee Chairman H.E Dr. Mohammed Kuti who was represented by Council of Governors Director of Communication. The event was attended by representatives of Public Service Commission of Kenya and County Public Service Boards, Director of Medical Services and Ministry of Health officials, Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), Ministry of Labour, County Executive Committee members, the Chairs of Health Regulatory Bodies and Professional Associations, Health Workers Union Officials, Faith Based Organizations, the Private sector in health stakeholders, USAID and Kenya HRH Mechanism Implemented by IntraHealth International. In his speech, H.E Kuti said that human resources for health is like “the spinal cord and back bone” of the entire health system hence whatever affects health workers must be given the necessary attention, swiftly and responsibly in order to ensure the continuity of health service delivery”, stated H.E Kuti. He noted that the last year County Governments witnessed one of the most difficult times with health workers’ issues ending up in industrial actions that, cumulatively lasted for nearly 6 months. “As one renowned Kenya Professor in Global Health recently remarked, the 6 months were the “Armageddon” of the health sector in our over 5 decades as a nation. Never before has the health system been brought to its knees due to health worker-related issues resulting in such as prolonged strike. We are grateful to the health worker union officials who, when sobriety prevailed, embraced dialogue and saved the lives of millions of Kenyans,” said the Chairman of the Health Committee.
H.E Kuti noted that the Council of Governors realized that they should seize the moment of this tranquility so that we can candidly, frankly and openly discuss among all of us as stakeholders, what we can do together to manage health worker issues better and bring sustainable solutions.
Governor Kuti stated that the feedback from the meeting will plug into the forthcoming 5th Annual Devolution conference in April. “Under the Universal Health Coverage thematic area, the conference will tackle human resources for health, health financing, access, affordability and quality health care with sound supply chain and finally the issue of health leadership, governance and institutional development,” stated H.E Kuti.

The County First Lady Association on 20th February signed an MOU with AMREF Health Africa in Kenya that will focus on strengthening the health systems Counties especially on Reproductive health, Non Communicable Diseases, Maternal & Child health care for the youth. The Kenya Country Director, Dr. Meshack Ndirangu commended the County First Ladies for their complimentary initiatives at the counties which support the SDG agendas. He emphasized on the importance of the County First Ladies taking up initiatives to curb maternal mortality which is a complex problem and an indicator of poor health systems in countries. He also indicated that through this MOU, socio-cultural issues embedded in our society need health interventions which the County First Ladies can advocate for.
The MOU will seek to support the CFLA on the development of a cross cutting youth agenda and technical support on matters health.
The County First Ladies also signed an MOU with Women 4 Cancer that will pay key attention to issues of cancer. Cancer is currently the third biggest killer in the Kenya’s population. Raising awareness on the causes and the importance of early detection is paramount. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Nazi Kivutha, the Chairperson of the Association noted that the ladies, were excited about this partnership since it will give way to counties accessing professional and medical help for the county residents on early detection and treatment of cancer.
Also, speaking in the ceremony, Benda Kithaka, one of the founding members, urged the County First Ladies to champion the cancer agenda in the counties to ensure that cancer doesn’t take more lives when discovered early. She noted that her organization was willing to work and visit the Counties to ensure that they raise awareness on cancer and help victims find medical help where necessary.

The World Urban Forum (WUF) is the world’s premier conference on urban issues. The World Urban Forum’s objectives are, to raise awareness of sustainable urbanisation among stakeholders and constituencies, including the general public; to improve the collective knowledge of sustainable urban development through inclusive open debates, sharing of lessons learned and the exchange of best practices and good policies; and to increase coordination and cooperation between different stakeholders and constituencies for the advancement and implementation of sustainable urbanization. This year’s forum was the ninth session running under the theme - Cities 2030 – Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda. It was held in February in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Council of Governors participated and was represented by the Chairman of the Council of Governors - H.E Josphat Nanok, Chairman of the Urban Committee - H.E Ferdinand Waititu and 18 other Governors. During his address at the World Urban Forum on Innovative approaches to settlements for displaced populations, H.E Josphat Nanok urged global players to support an integrated and sustainable approach to refugee and host community settlements development. Governor Nanok noted that the new approach currently being implemented in Kalobeyei area – a settlement designed to accommodate over 80,000 refugees in Turkana County, will minimize environmental degradation, create livelihood opportunities, improve access to social services and enhance social cohesion among the refugee and host communities while transforming refugee camps into sustainable human settlements. Kalobeyei is expected to have adequate infrastructure and services that support both refugee and host populations. “Infrastructure planning is completed and the County Government is contemplating classifying kakuma-kalobeyei area as a municipality. "We are facing water challenges in Kalobeyei but we are exploring several options for water sources for the settlement” added the Governor. The ninth forum had a huge focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III. Other thematic areas that had side events were ; Climate Change, Land, Mobility, Public space, urban basic services, Urban safety, Housing, Local Economic Development, Municipal Finance, Risk reduction and Resilience, Urban Design, Women, Humanitarian, Migration, National Urban Policy, Slum Upgrading, Urban legislation and Youth. At dinner hosted by the Symbio City delegation Mr. Karin Sanar the lead of the delegation indicated assured that SALAR was willing to continue partnering with the counties to ensure that they get good urban solutions. The ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) was concluded with attendees from 185 countries adopting the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Cities 2030. The next World Urban Form is set to take place in 2020 in Abu Dhabi.

The 5th Annual Devolution Conference will be held at Kakamega High School, Kakamega County from April 23-27. The Conference popularly known as DEVCON is organized jointly with stakeholders among others National and County Governments, Senate, Development Partners, Media, Ministries, State agencies.
As a result the Steering Committee, which is chaired by H.E Anne Waiguru, Governor Kirinyaga County and chairperson of the DEVCON2018 held two meetings with development partners and the private sector to appraise them on the progress made so far and seek their support in hosting the event. During the two meetings, H.E Anne Waiguru expressed gratitude to the partners for honouring the call terming is as an affirmation that devolution has friends and partners from all over. The Donor and private sector roundtable meetings are held each year to draw in support of partners into the Devolution Conference. The Conference has always been supported differently by different agencies due to its importance and impact to the people.
The Annual conference has for the past four years created an opportunity for peer to peer learning and information sharing. It also provides a perfect opportunity for self-audit and evaluation for processes that will enrich the devolution agenda. Unlike the previous conferences, the 5th Devolution conference this year’s conference takes a sector approach to ensure that there is tangible results from each sector. After deliberations in a Council meeting the Council of Governors identified Health, Agriculture, Trade and Investment and Energy, infrastructure and Urban development as pressing issues that needed intergovernmental address.
Cross cutting issues such as Human Resources, Finance and Accountability have also been put into consideration with two hours plenums for each sector. Donors and the private sector have also come on board and asked for the consideration of issues in gender mainstreaming and water.
Considering that all citizens cannot be part of the main conference, the committee has also organised County Dialogues. They are forums that’s give the citizens a platform to discuss issues that will be discussed during the conference. The dialogues have always been held before the devolution conference as a build but and a strategy to collate information of issues that are affecting the citizens at the County level. The involvement of technocrats in the private sector and donors in the sectorial planning committees has transformed the conference to handle technical issues affecting the people.

Council of Governors Chairman and Governor of Turkana County H.E Josphat Nanok has urged global players to support an integrated and sustainable approach to refugee and host community settlements development. While speaking at the 9th World Urban Forum, the Governor noted that the new approach currently being implemented in Kalobeyei area in Turkana County, will minimize environmental degradation, create livelihood opportunities, improve access to social services and enhance social cohesion among the refugee and host communities while transforming refugee camps into sustainable human settlements. Kalobeyei settlement has been designed to accommodate over 80,000 refugees and is expected to have adequate infrastructure and services that support both refugee and host populations. “Infrastructure planning is completed and the County Government is contemplating classifying kakuma-kalobeyei area as a municipality. We are facing water challenges in Kalobeyei but we are exploring several options for water sources for the settlement” added the Governor. This year’s World Urban Forum took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This year’s theme “Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda” aims to resonate to the realisation of the vision of cities in the year 2030, embedded in the Sustainable Development Goal 11, where no one should be left behind from the urban advantages and opportunities.
County Governors, led by the Chairman sat with heads of states, high-level national and sub-national government representatives at the same table with representatives of the civil society, experts and the private sector, to discuss policies and actions, synergies and innovative solutions for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, and to review and exchange mechanisms for its effective scale up.

The Council of Governors represented by the Chairman, H.E Jospaht Nanok (Turkana County), H.E Paul Chepkwony (Kericho County), H.E Dr. Joyce Laboso (Bomet County), H.E Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri County) and Deputy Governor H.E Adelina Mwau held a follow up consultative meeting with Melinda Gates Foundation representative Mr. Samburu Wa Shiku , Resident Consultant to Melinda Gates Foundation in Kenya and Mr. Sam Mulyanga, Project Director, JHIPEGO together with the Council of Governors Health Committee representatives. This was a follow up meeting to a meeting held between Ms. Melinda Gates and 15 County Governors on 25th January 2018 at the Norfolk Hotel Nairobi. During the meeting, the Chairman appreciated Melinda Gates Foundation for reaching out to the Counties through the County Governors stating that the County Governments are focused to work together with the Foundation for the benefit of Kenyans. The Foundation and the County Governments present an opportunity for partnership in Performance Monitoring and Accountability (PMA 2020) which already covers 11 counties in addressing the issue of data. The Project uses innovative mobile technology to routinely gather data on family planning, water, sanitation and hygiene and other health areas. PMA 2020 provides rich information useful for reporting, planning, operational decisions that will be able to support counties in strengthening data collection and use in budgeting.
Other key areas of focus for further discussion include: Investing in family planning, community health, nutrition and education to uplift the socio-economic status of households; Targeting the youth in and out of school with the right information on sexuality responsible adulthood to empower and save young girls from unwanted pregnancies; Strengthening the collection, processing and utilization of reliable data and revamping health records management; and Exploiting the policy environment for family planning as a national development priority. The Council of Governors will convene a meeting with the County Executive Members (CEC’s) to brief them and share their key priorities for consideration by the Foundation, in addressing county-specific needs in the context of the Gates Foundation of the key four areas.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 09:32


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The Council of Governor’s Tourism and Wildlife Committee held a consultative forum from 29th- 31st January 2018 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel, Nairobi. The forum provided the County Executive Committee Members (CECs) and County Directors a platform to learn, understand and seek opportunities on how the County Governments can boost tourism. The three day forum brought together stakeholders from the Ministry of Tourism led by the Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Najib Balala, PS Tourism Ms. Fatuma Hirsi and PS Wildlife Dr. Margaret Mwakima, H.E. Samuel Ole Tunai, Chairman of the COG Sectorial Committee on Tourism and Governor of Narok County, CECs in charge of Tourism, County Directors in charge of Tourism and other stakeholders including Tourism Regulatory Authority, Tourism Finance Corporation, Tourism Fund, Kenya Wildlife Services among others. Tourism is a shared function as provided in forth schedule of the Constitution id Kenya 2010.
“The National Government is responsible for developing policies on tourism as well as the protection of animals and wildlife, while County Governments are tasked to deal with cultural activities, public entertainment and public amenities which include museums, sports and cultural activities as well as county parks, beaches and recreational facilities,” pointed out H.E Tunai.
In delivering their Mandate, the Chairman of the Council of Governor’s Tourism Committee urged County Governments not to hesitate to seek the support of the Council of Governors. The Committee was constituted to handle all the matters relating to Tourism and Wildlife Management, tourism being a significant sector and a driver of Kenya’s economic development as an Economic Pillar of Vision 2030. H.E Governor Tunai emphasized on the need to use social media in marketing Kenya globally due to its wide reach, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The Chairman further urged counties to develop County budget proposals that will increase their allocations towards tourism in their counties, come up with plans to develop tourism products and establish mechanisms to curb rampant cases of human-wildlife conflicts. The consultative forum also incorporated presentations and group work sessions among the participants.

The Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Najib Balala closed the forum and encouraged the County Governments to re-package their tourism products. He assured County Governments that the Ministry of Tourism is ready to work together with the Counties to help them towards increasing numbers for both local and international tourism.

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