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After the Launch of the “Transformative leadership program for County Women Executives” the Council of Governors in partnership with the Kenya School of Government and UNWomen set out to begin implementing the training curriculum of Female County officials.

The first cluster training took place on 22nd to 24th October 2018 concurrently at Chambai Hotel in Naivasha Nakuru County and Bahari Dhow Resort in Ukunda, Kwale County. The workshop was directed by the faculty members of the KSG subject specialists, experts in women leadership, stakeholders working in women leadership and empowerment programs to provide inputs in the design, content, scope and delivery of the women in leadership curriculum and build the capacity of women leaders at the County level to enable them effectively deliver in their mandate.

In addition to the expert facilitators, there were special sessions facilitated by prominent women leaders in Kenya where they shared their personal leadership stories with each 0ther encouraging the County women leaders to break barriers in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE). Guest Facilitators included Makueni’s Deputy Governor H.E. Adelina Mwau, Senior Deputy Clerk – Senate of Kenya, Consolata Waithera Munga, Wanjiku Mbugua and Betty Muthoni for the Naivasha Cluster while Kwale’s Deputy Governor H.E. Fatuma Achani, Human Resources Management expert Mary Ndetto and Former Central Bank of Kenya Deputy Governor Jacinta Mwatela for the Kwale Cluster.

The training workshop brought together top County Leadership including Women CECs, Women Chief Officers and Women Directors from six counties, officials from the Kenya School of Government, UN Women and Council of Governors representatives

H.E Adelina Mwau, in her opening remarks expressed the need for such training workshops to be spread across the counties and that women Executives had to strive to make their presence known especially in decision making. “Women tend to extend their reproductive role into the office. In meetings we tend to serve tea, ensuring it's enough for everyone and take up other minor's good to serve but do not overdo it. Do not be too distracted by such, sit at the table where discussions are taking place and decisions being made. Avoid distractions", she said.

H.E. Fatuma Achani in her closing remarks encouraged participants to lead by example. “Ensure that you are a role model encouraging more women to pursue leadership positions. We women must ditch the current coaching culture we have been practicing and instead and instead adopt a learn/do culture where teams self-coach to ensure that women have the capacity to deliver on their mandate in whatever field” she said.

According to Consolata Waithera Munga, the County Women Executives needed the necessary tools to help them brand themselves as leaders and sustainably hold their executive position. “County women Executives need requisite skills to champion those measures that

will lead to real impact in service delivery and management of public resources including gender-responsive budgeting, planning, programming, implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation of County programs”.

The Workshop is a first in a series of 8 cluster workshops where participants are required to submit written submissions debated and deduced into actions during the plenum.

The Council of Governors participated in the 4th high-level meeting on country-led knowledge sharing (HLM4 on CLKS) between from 15th to 18th October 2018 at Inaya Putri Hotel & Resort in Bali, Indonesia. The meeting’s theme was “Local Innovation as a Driver of Global Development.”

Leadership of the Kenyan delegation was led by Hon. Hussein Dado, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Ministry of Devolution and ASAL. Other delegates included; Hon Sen Prof. Samuel Ongeri, Member of Senate Education Committee and Finance Committee, Hon. Senator Mary Seneta, Member of Senate Education Committee and Ms. Jacqueline Mogeni, CEO Council of Governors.

The purpose of the event was to highlight the growing importance of local innovation as a driver of global development, and to explore how country institutions can make more strategic use of successful local experiences and innovations for systematic scaling up, domestically and internationally.

The learning objective of the Kenyan delegation of seven was two-fold. First was to learn from global experiences and innovations through workshop program and market place. Secondly, to hold bilateral meetings and learn from the experiences of Indonesia institutions in implementing decentralization, particularly focus on decentralized planning, fiscal management and accountability mechanisms.

H.E Hon. Hussein Dado, CAS Ministry of Devolution CAS represented Kenya in Session 1 high-level panel on “Institutionalizing Knowledge Sharing, Pathways to Foster Local Innovations.” Hon. Dado articulated a number of innovations that were already transforming the economy and service delivery in Kenya and beyond, including MPESA mobile money transaction innovation and Huduma Centres for rendering government services under one roof.

The CEO Council of Governors Moderated Session 2 high level panel on “Strategies for Identifying and Capturing Local Innovations.” She highlighted that Kenya had established a Performance Management Framework (PMF) for County Governments and a PMF for National Government, and that there was a clear Capacity Building Framework. The delegates however leant that the country still lacked a framework for structured knowledge sharing, as this was more confined to specific Ministries, projects, institutions and sub-sector actors. As a result, the Council of governors had established Maarifa Centre to support in coordinating structures sharing of knowledge and service delivery solutions among Counties, including peer to peer learning

The Council of Governors participated in this year’s General Assembly of the ORU Fogar on 22nd and 23rd in Rabat Morocco. The central theme of the General Assembly was “The role of the Regions in the implementation of the 3 global agendas: 2030 Agenda, The Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the New Urban Agenda.”
The specific forum objectives were: to utter progress of the regions’ action in the field of sustainable development, share challenges and contributions of the “territorial approach” and the role of regions and intermediate governments in addressing sustainable development issues, develop exchanges between stakeholders on ways to improve the strategic management capacity of regional governments, to discuss challenges and mechanisms for accessing the financing of actions and share potential and difficulties in implementing capacity building activities for regional leaders.

Recently, the international community adopted the three ambitious and innovative agendas which places territories/regions (County Governments) at the center of their implementation as they have a key responsibility in promoting sustainable and integrated territorial development.
The Council of Governors was represented in two panel sessions on Paris Agreement and Cultural Diversity where experience sharing on the implementation of the Paris Agreement took place with a highlight of the programmatic and legislative models Counties have adopted to confront the threat of Climate Change. It was also noted that integrating culture in the fight against climate change is very key in the long run. On Cultural Diversity, highlight of the approaches Kenya has adopted to protect national heritage took place that is the development National Culture and Heritage Policy. Additionally, development of policies in 17 Counties to address the protection of cultural identity which have been actualized through hosting of annual cultural festivals in different Counties.

During the closing ceremony, the Rabat Declaration was read out promising an ambitious plan towards advancing sustainable development of territories,

The Council of Governors led by the Chairman H.E Josphat Nanok, 16th October paid a courtesy call to the Office of the Chief Justice to discuss various matters bedeviling County Governments. Key among them was the status of designation of registries and magistrates to handle enforcement of County legislation. This follows earlier discussions on how Municipal and City Courts would transition to handle County legislation.

His Excellency, Josphat Nanok appreciates the work the Judiciary has done in supporting devolution. He noted that the Judiciary had made several pronouncements in support of the devolved system of governance. “To date, we have had more than fourteen (14) judgments against unconstitutional laws that have put devolution on track” the governor noted.

President of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice David Maraga expressed gratitude for the cordial relationship enjoyed by both parties in service delivery. The judiciary is cognizant of the fact that devolution is a major pillar in the constitutional architecture and it is indeed proper that it is protected. He encouraged Counties to participate in Court Users Committees since these are forums where many issues related to administration of justice can be canvassed.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in 2016 between the CoG and National Council on Administration of Justice (NCAJ), provided a comprehensive framework on the

Administration of Justice within the context of Devolution. The meeting noted the need for regular consultations between the relevant stakeholders so that there is constant follow up on the implementation of the MoU. A similar MOU between the Judiciary and the Council of Governors was also signed to, among others, develop a collaborative mechanism to support enforcement of County legislation. They do not have registries to handle County laws and there is need therefore that the establishment of the same is urgently done.

Additionally, the meeting sought to look for ways in which fines that accrue from County legislation can be ploughed back to the County. The Council of Governors proposed that a multi-sectoral committee is set up to look at this issue and develop a revenue sharing formula on the fines from County laws. Another issue of concern was the designation of prosecutors for County laws, upon which was agreed that the Judiciary would look at this matter together with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

It was noted that some Counties are facing too many land and labour cases yet such Counties do not have High Courts to handle them. It is important that High Court services are easily accessible to all citizens. A meeting with all stakeholders to unlock this challenge will be held end of October.

Monday, 15 October 2018 12:32


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The Council of Governors in partnership with UNWOMEN and the Kenya School of Government (KSG) on Monday 8th October launched the “Transformative leadership program for County Women Executives” at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi.
While launching the curriculum, the Chief Guest Prof. Margaret Kobia in her speech the need for women to acquire skill to brand themselves as leaders and sustainably hold their executive positions. “County women Executives need requisite skills to champion those measures that will lead to real impact in service delivery and management of public resources including gender-responsive budgeting, planning, programming, implementation, as well as monitoring and evaluation of County programs.” She said.
In his address, Nyeri Governor, H.E. Mutahi Kahiga representing the committee on Gender at the Council of Governors emphasized that women and youth empowerment is no longer an option for county governments. “It is indeed a mandatory investment with immeasurable returns. Empowerment of women shall not happen if the society, governments, professionals, you and I do not create suitable environment for women to take up and occupy leadership and decision-making positions at equal if not higher measure to men,” emphasized HE Kahiga. The Governor further urged the national government to support the Kenya School of Government through their devolved campuses to commence implementation of this curriculum.
The greatest driver for a transformative society, achievement of the SDGs and realization of the big four agenda is principally women and youth. For women to make significant contribution in the development agenda, they must take up and occupy leadership and decision making positions. Furthermore, the constitution of Kenya has entrenched affirmative action as a critical instrument to; help realize gender equality, remedy the traditional exclusion of women and promote their full involvement in every aspect of growth and development both in the private and public sector.
It is against this background, that this solution-based transformative leadership program was developed. The three-day course seeks to inspire positive attitudes towards leadership and offer participants with innovative tools to enhance personal influence, build strong negotiation skills, nurture self-conviction and assertiveness, pitch and build a personal image and brand, identify new leadership principles, and apply a mix of leadership styles to navigate through power and erratic political landscapes.
The Council intends to have 300 county women executive leaders benefit from the course which is co-funded by UNWOMEN and County Governments within the next two months. It is the hope of the Council that the Transformative Leadership curriculum this course will be a game changer in the women leadership discourse at the county level and will prepare our women to be more effective service delivery agents.

Over the months of September and October, the Country witnessed a push and pull between the National and County Governments as well as between County Governments regarding the water and sanitation function. This Comes at a time when the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 devolved the Water and Sanitation function under the fourth schedule.

The Water, Forestry and Mining Committee chaired by HE Kiraitu Murungi held a consultative meeting with Governors, Cabinet Secretaries from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Simon Chelugui and Eugene Wamalwa of Ministry of Devolution and ASALs as well as County Executive Committee members in charge of Water, Environment and Natural Resources.

This meeting was set to address the challenges in the management of the Water Sector in counties, as well as the roles of the various stakeholders in the provision of Water in the counties. The meeting was also set to deliberate on the current challenges in the water sector highlighting the need to find a common approach to reduce the tension between the two levels of government as well as addressing the Murang’a County water stalemate.

Speaking during the meeting, H.E Kiraitu Murungi, said that both County Governments and the National Government should adopt a framework of sharing of water resources as developed by JICA. He urged Nairobi and Murang’a Counties to find amicable ways of resolving a dispute instead of exchanging words in the media.

Also contributing to the discussions the CS Water and Sanitation, Simon Chelugui pointed out that his ministry noted with deep concern what was happening in Murang’a County and proclaimed that the Ministry of Water and Sanitation will develop a benefit-sharing mechanism to ensure residents of Murang’a County equally benefit from water resources that the County hosts. Currently, only 37% of the residents of Murang’a have access to water from the County’s water sources.

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning Eugene Wamalwa assured the County Governments of Nairobi and Murang’a of National Government’s support to ensure that this dispute is settled within the shortest reasonable time. He indicated that, since his ministry equally handles intergovernmental relations between counties and the matter will be resolved amicably through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

The meeting came to the following resolutions,

1. The ownership of Murang’a Water Services should be handed over to Murang’a County Government with Immediate effect

2. Needs for a framework sharing of water resources e.g. in connection of homesteads with water and catchment of water (non-monetary mechanism to compensate them)

3. A team will be formed between Senior Programme officers of COG, Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Devolution and ASAL to resolve the water issues to operationalize the framework (look at the legal issues and operationalization of water institutions, to review, water service providers association and harmonize water sector institutions, a National Water Muster Plan to be domesticated )

Ugatuzi umeleta mazao chungu nzima nchini Kenya. Je, wanainchi wana lipi la kusema kuhusiana na swala hili? Je, wananchi wanafurahia ugatuzi ama unawalemaza? Maswali haya hujibiwa na Baraza la magavana kila nusu mwaka kwa warsha ya wiki nzima ya ugatuzi. Awamu ya pili ya warsha hii ilikua nafasi ya Kaunti ya Mombasa kukutana na kuwasikiza wakazi wa Kaunti hiyo.

Under the theme, “Kusherekea Matunda ya Ugatuzi”, the Council of Governors in collaboration with Mombasa County and other partners held the 2nd Devolution Sensitization Week on the 25th-27th September 2018 at the Makadara Grounds, Mombasa County. The key objective of the initiative is to provide a platform to the public to learn more about the Council of Governors, to present County best practices achieved through the support of the technical committees. It was also a forum where the public would interact with their County departments to understand processes and services rendered to them.

While addressing the public during the opening ceremony, H.E Hassan Ali Joho expressed his gratitude to the Council of Governors for allowing Mombasa to be the second county to host the initiative. He added that his county was careful to observe the objects of devolution, especially service delivery to the residents of Mombasa. He, however, noted that sometimes, the residents are engrossed in critiquing the County Government for the things that haven’t been done well instead of looking at what has succeeded. He urged the residents to be more accommodative and appreciative of what has been done, even as his administration executes its mandate. Governor Joho also urged the National Government to support the counties by ensuring that disbursements of funds is done accordingly and on time. At the same time, he urged his officers to work and serve the people with precision.

This is the Second event of its kindly to be hosted by the Council of Governors and the only one of its kind by Government/ Government institution since Kenya attained her independence.

The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 gives all the power to the people in decision making through public participation. County Governments continue to involve the public in decision making to develop and implement projects as well as improve service delivery.

The County Executive in charge of Devolution and Public Administration, Mr. Seth Odongo in his remarks, said the County Government was honored to host the 2nd Devolution Sensitization Week. He urged the members of the public to take part in the forum, to learn more on the fruits and benefits of devolution especially in service delivery and public participation.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 13:38


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On 23rd & 25th September, 2018, 50 Kenyan doctors from 46 Counties departed for Cuba on a 2 year Family Medicine Scholarship. This comes after an agreement signed between the National Government and the Government of Cuba in 2017. The same agreement saw the importation of 100 medical specialists from Cuba to Kenya to fill gaps in the County hospitals.

The doctors derived from both the National and County Governments were nominated by their respective counties and thereafter went through an induction Programme held on 20th and 21st September at the Kenya School of Government. H.E James Ongwae, the Chairman of the Human Resource Committee speaking during the opening ceremony of the induction programme started off by congratulate the nominees for making it through the selection process.
He further appreciated the Government of Cuba for the existing cooperation between the two Countries. “We will continue to encourage technical exchanges between Cuban and Kenyan students. This program will certainly go a long way in enhancing educational opportunities for Kenyan health practitioners. Overall it will promote better understanding and links between our two Nations. This reflects Kenya’s commitment to this partnership for mutual benefit.” Said the Chairman.
The doctors will attend Spanish classes during the first six (6) months of their course then proceed for their Masters classes thereafter for two (2) years. The doctors will be back to Kenya in 2021.

With the Universal Health Agenda in Kenya, equipping medical personnel with necessary skills required for their profession, both levels of Government are committed to doing just that. Achievement of UHC which is one of the Big 4 agenda does not come with increased infrastructure only but also increase capacity of our medical practitioners.

The Ministry of Devolution and ASALs Development, the Council of Governors and other stakeholders organized and held the inaugural Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) Conference. Under the theme “Unlocking the Potential of ASALs for Accelerated National Development,” the conference was an opportunity for both levels of Government to come together and face the challenges that ASAL Counties face while seeking solutions on the same.

The ASALs make up to 89% of the Country with approximately 38% Kenya’s Population. The region is home to more than 90% of the wildlife game that supports the tourism industry contributing to 12% of Kenya’s GDP; hosts 70% of the National Livestock herd with an estimated value of Ksh.70 billion, and enormous potential for renewable energy (both solar and wind) and other natural resources. With this in mind stakeholders from the National Government, 29 ASAL County Governments, development agencies came together on 5th to 7th September in Malindi, Kilifi County to find viable solutions to improve the region for the benefit of these the people.

During the opening ceremony, the chief guest H.E William Ruto, the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya emphasized on the National Government’s commitment to invest in the ASAL areas to make them competitive and investor friends as compared to the other non-ASAL Counties.

“We are here in pursuit of an inclusive economy and shared prosperity. Arid and semi-arid lands possess economic potential, which if unlocked can uplift lives,” assured the Deputy President. “We have put in place detailed policy, legal and institutional framework to accelerate development in ASALs. The task also needs common purpose and pragmatic action.” he added.

The conference was organized in thematic areas to enable ASAL counties explore their potential in different thematic areas including; Food Security; Infrastructure, industrial and Enterprise development; education; Health and Nutrition; Social inclusion and Gender mainstreaming; and Sustainable Management of Natural resources. “With this conference, this is just a sign of the goodwill the two levels of Government and our development partners have towards ‘unlocking’ the 29 ASAL Counties’ potential,” said H.E Josphat Nanok the Chairman, Council of Governors.

The Council of Governors and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries already are in talks to roll out the Livestock Identification and traceability programme. The programme enhances the capability to trace the history of an individual animal or group of animals through all stages; movement; change of ownership; animal health; marketing up to slaughter and processing. “The programme will enable us FastTrack and achieve most of the issues that we are struggling with in the ASAL Counties today. Our livelihoods heavily depends on pastoralism as a major economic activity hence we have to put more effort to develop and improve the sector and do so jealously,” said COG Chairman.

The Inaugural Conference as it marked a mission to explore the potential of ASAL Counties marks the beginning of the journey for stakeholders to join hands to accomplish the actions from the conference.

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 12:15


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This year’s World Habitat day celebrations took place at the United Nations Headquarters in Nairobi, with H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, leading the country in co-hosting with Indonesia.

Among those in attendance at the celebrations were County Governors: H.E Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko – Nairobi City County , Governor Prof. Anyang' Nyong'o – Kisumu County, H.E Governor Francis Kimemia – Nyandarua County , H.E Governor Lee Kinyanjui- Nakuru County and other high ranking National Government and County Government Officials.

Under the theme “Municipal Solid Waste Management”, the purpose of marking this day was to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

According to H.E Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Governor of Nairobi City County, the County Government was fully in support of the President’s agenda by making available its old estates for urban regeneration. Under the programme, Nairobi City County has invited investors to construct over 20,000 houses in over 15 residential areas.

“In addition, we have declared the large Mukuru slum to be a special planning area, to enable the county government pilot a slum upgrading programme that will give land tenure to thousands of residents, and allow the county government to provide basic services in the densely populated area,” said Governor Sonko.

Speaking on behalf of the Council of Governors, Governor Prof. Anyang' Nyong'o, noted that Municipal solid waste was a growing environmental and health concern globally and especially here in Kenya, and that rapid urbanization was taking place in most of the country’s major cities and towns. He added that without proper urban planning and design the results would be major contributor to municipal solid waste menace in most of the counties.

The Executive Director of the UN-Habitat, Maimuna Shariff, said 2 billion tonnes of waste is generated on a daily basis globally meaning that each human being is responsible for one kilo of waste. “Each of us play a role in generating waste meaning that each of us can play a role in reducing it,” she said.

In his opening speech, H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, called upon the need in finding an effective way of dealing with solid waste because as urbanization continues to expand, urban waste will continue becoming a bigger challenge.

In addition, President Kenyatta, said Kenya was proud to have a clear and detailed set of rules for the management of the environment and natural resources key among them the National Solid Waste Management Strategy (2015), adding that the goal of sustainable management of solid waste was attainable because it dovetails with other global goals and the country’s own development objectives including the Big Four Agenda.

The President presented awards to winners of the 2018 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour. The winners included Xuzhou City in Jiangsu Province, China for promoting holistic and broad-based approaches to ecological restoration through intelligent waste-management.

The Institute of Physical Planning of Cuba was awarded for implementing positive urban and territorial change by integrating and implementing principles of the New Urban Agenda.

The Mayor of Surabaya City, Indonesia, Ms. Tri Rismaharirni, was awarded for implementing people-centered and inclusive city regeneration and development initiatives prioritizing low income residents to ensure they are not left behind.

Mr. Isaac Muasa, Chairman of Mathare Environmental Conservation Youth Group, from Kenya was awarded for harnessing the potential of disadvantaged youth and inspiring community-wide involvement in solid waste management.

A posthumous award was given to the Late Dr Mona Serageldin who was Vice President of the Institute for International Urban Development, USA

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Taita Taveta farmers have been urged to revive cooperatives to ensure that they benefit from their farm produce. Speaking during an awareness creation meeting on weights and measures with Challa and Njukini farmers in Taveta Sub County, the County...

The Grand Return of Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o

Residents of the lakeside city of Kisumu turned out in their droves to accord their beloved Governor a grand reception at the Kisumu International Airport following his brief absence from his home county of Kisumu as he had gone for three months...

The Gura Hydro Power Project

Governor Mutahi Kahiga on 14th February visited the Gura Hydro Power Project in Othaya. The mega project that is worth 1.7 billion shillings is saving tea farmers 30-40 million shillings which is spent annually on power bills. The Gura Hydro Power...

Wajir County Rapid Immunization Programme

H.E AMB. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud Presided over the launch of 100 days of Rapid Results initiative on immunization at Wajir Afya House.RRI was launched on 27th June 2018 by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the President Flagged off cold chain...

Wajir County to partner with National Government

H.E Amb. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud led Wajir County leadership in paying a courtesy call to Deputy President H.E William Samoe Ruto at his Karen residence. They deliberated on ways to partner with the national government in terms of developing the...

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