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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

OFF TO CUBA

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

WORLD HABITAT DAY

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

The Council of Governors continues to set the pace among many institutions by taking the initiative to promote devolved functions and especially in agriculture which is a fully devolved function. Through the Agriculture committee, the Council of Governors has developed two proposals for the establishment of agribusiness incubation centres in Counties. Speaking during a stakeholder’s consultative meeting on Youth in Agribusiness the Council of Governors CEO Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni emphasized on the need for collaboration among partners for the establishment of the Agribusiness Incubators across the Counties.
“We need to be innovative and creative to create employment among youth in a way that is interesting to the youth. This two proposals will address this and the Council of Governors now seeks partnerships for its implementation,” stated the CEO. Kenya and indeed Africa as a whole is dependant on Agriculture to sustain its economy. The future of Africa as well relies on Agriculture and the continent’s youthful population. However, food production continues to decline with a registered 4.4 per cent decelerated growth in 2016 according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Council of Governors proposes to hold Agriculture incubators per County making it to a projected 141 agribusiness incubators across the 47 Counties. The expected ripple effect of these incubation centre is massive with an estimated agriculture based businesses foreseen to be at least 5 every year. During the first innovation and learning forum convened in June 2017; counties showcased innovations showcased innovations and best practices that are transforming services in Agriculture and livestock and Youth Development. It equally looked at how technology is used in agriculture to improve livelihoods and service delivery. One key recommendation from the forum was the need to establish agribusiness incubation hubs for the purpose of promoting skilling, mentorship and employment of youth and women through developing agriculture value chains. Partners present during the meeting include: GIZ, ASDSP, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, IFAD, Self Help Africa, EU Delegation to Kenya Agriculture and Job creation Kenya, FAO, JKUAT

Friday, 07 September 2018 14:16

GOVERNORS’ FIRST PEER LEARNING MISSION

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” Kofi Annan
Learning is a continuous process and the best form of learning is learning from your peers. Therefore the Council of Governors in fulfilling its mandate as provided under section 20 (b) of the Intergovernmental Relations Act - sharing of information on the performance of the counties in the execution of their functions with the objective of learning and promotion of best practice held the inaugural Governors Peer to Peer learning forum.
The forum brought together Excellency Governors to share experiences, lessons learnt, best practices and to explore ways of improving public participation in the Counties. It was conceptualized from the need to continuously improve performance in service delivery which is the promise made through devolution.
Although Counties have been learning from each other, this is the first step towards institutionalizing structured peer-to-peer learning among Counties, with Excellency Governors leading the learning process. The first of its kind, the peer to peer learning forum organized by the Council of Governors in partnership with USAID and UKaid through AHADI, World Bank and NEPAD gave Excellency Governors a chance to listen first hand from the residents of Makueni County the impact of effective public participation on service delivery. The forum also showed the need for Counties to inform the on-going processes of developing public participation policy and legislative frameworks.
Through public participation, the County Government has implemented a number of projects in what can be described as projects for the people and by the people. The popular Makueni fruit processing plant that has gained National and International recognition was as a result of the Makueni County Public participation model. The model gives power to the people to propose projects that are a priority to them and oversee the implementation of the project. In the Makueni model, the local community is the only unit with the powers to authorize the County Government to process payment to the contractor upon completion of the project.
The 800 million project was necessitated by the fruit production in Makueni over the years where farmers incurred losses due to overproduction and lack of market for the produce. Today, Makueni County is sourcing fruits from other Counties to sustain the factory. Makueini residents however, have proposed addition of orange and privee oranges as they have alternating seasons in the County. With that, the processing plant will run throughout the year.
Makueni County is one of the Arid and Semi-Arid Counties in Kenya. Water scarcity and total drought being the order of the day in the area. Despite the very arable soils in the County, crop farming and livestock keeping have been a great challenge to most residents. As part of the peer learning experience, Governors and stakeholders present during the mission had the chance to interact with Kwambila Earth Dam and the Project Management Committee who manage the day-to-day running of the project. The County Government and the people of Makueni came up with the Kwambila Earth Dam to provide water for domestic use and small scale irrigation in phase one of the project. The project benefits 3 wards within Makueni County through irrigation, construction and domestic use of water by the residents.
Universal Health Care has proven to be in the fore front towards improving health service delivery to all Kenyans. This model has been adopted by the National Government through the Big 4 Agenda. Makueni’s ene nthii (citizens) have for had the Universal Health Coverage since 2015. Makueni is regarded as a pioneer in the provision of Universal Health Care (UHC) where each household, through its principal member pays Sh500 per year to access treatment in any county health facility at no additional charge. Implementation began in 2016/17 and is up scaled annually as a result of review in the universal health care policy and concept forum. This is the 2nd year of funding the UHC Program at a cost of 200,406,000.00 per year with 10% annual increase.
The Makueni Care scheme entails the provision of a health benefit package that includes inpatient, outpatient services to 200,000 households. The Ksh. 500 contribution not only caters for health care services but a part of it goes towards investment in infrastructure like Ward health centres, Mother and Child hospital, trauma centre, oxygen plants and theatres across the sub counties.
The Governors peer learning mission was held on 27th August 2018 at Kysuombunguo Hotel, Makueni County. The Partners included USAID and UKaid through AHADI, World Bank and NEPAD

Nairobi, Uasin Gishu and Kisii Counties emerged overall winners with 32, 13 and 10 points respectively at this year’s Kenya Inter County Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) Games which were held from the 12th – 18th August 2018 in Kisii County. In its 6th edition, the games which were officially opened by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta. This coincided with the launch of the revamped Gusii stadium which was upgraded at a cost of Kshs 10 Million. The President who was accompanied by the host Governor James Ongwae and other invited dignitaries commended the County Government for renovating the stadium and pledged additional Government financial support to further modernize the sports facility.
"We must encourage good work and I think this is a commendable job. We would like to see Governors emulate the work that has been done here in Kisii County," the Head of State added. Speaking during the event, President Kenyatta called for concerted efforts to support the youth in playing their rightful role in development. "If we cannot solve the problem of the youth as a country, then we cannot achieve tangible development," he said.
Host Governor H.E Ongwae said that the county was privileged to host the games, adding that the competition was meant to provide an opportunity for the county to showcase its heritage. “I am appealing to local organizing committee, which is chaired by my deputy, Joash Maangi, to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the event is a success”, he said.
Meanwhile, Nairobi County retained the men and women tag-of war titles while Uasin Gishu County who scooped the volleyball title were also crowned the athletics champions after bagging most points. In football, Machakos County proved relentless as they retained their title. The games which saw counties like Migori and Homabay not participating since inception was officially closed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who called upon the government to allocate more funds in the development of sports in the country.
“The future of sports lies in the youth, and the only way to secure our next heroes is through investment in sports infrastructure, that will help nature talent,” said Raila.

The Council of Governors and the World Food Programme (WFP) held a consultative meeting to discuss areas of collaboration in an upcoming meeting scheduled for 30th September to discuss a common implementation plan of the Kenya’s Country Strategic Plan (July 2018 – June 2023).
WFP through its Country Strategic plan (CSP) will support the National and County Governments from 14 Arid and Semi- Arid Counties to address security and nutrition priorities identified in Kenya’s third medium term plan, County Integrated development plans, the National zero hunger strategic review and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
The World Food Programme targets Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Kilifi, Kitui, Kwale, Makueni, Marsabit, Mandera, Samburu, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir Counties.
This is a gesture of the continued great relations between the Council of Governors and its partners as well as the ever growing intergovernmental relations that is attracting development partners into the country.

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Establishment of an export processing zone in Taita Taveta will promote value addition and boost use of local raw materials,  Governor Granton Samboja has noted. The County is set to benefit from a five hundred million dollar grant from China for...

Taita Taveta to Revive Farmer Cooperatives

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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