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The delegation which comprised of Mr. A.L. Pheto – Commissioner, Mr P.M. Makapan- Head of Commission Secretariat. Ms M Mashaba- Remuneration specialist and Ms. MJ Ramagaga- Deputy Chairperson and head of delegation. The team was especially interested in learning the comparison of the current salary structure with other relevant and appropriate salary structures as well as profile and grading of position within the organizational hierarchy and updating of records.
The delegation was interested in understanding the role of the CoG in the devolution space and how the CoG links with the forty-seven (47) County Governments.
Rosemary Njaramba, Ag. Director legal affairs at COG in her presentation reiterated that “the CoG has cemented its position as a custodian of devolution by ensuring that the interests of County Governments are protected and that the functions of County Governments are respected.” Furthermore, CoG has been vocal on matters of division of revenue between the two levels of government; human resource management; policy and legislation on devolved functions; and functional assignment, among others.
The Kenyan System of Governance framework was heavily borrowed from the South African devolution system thus the benchmarking trip by the independent commissioners is a clear indication that although only five years into Devolution, Kenya is indeed on the right track.
The team of four also visited the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Public Service Commission, Salaries and remuneration commission, Judicial Service Commision, Parliamentary Service Commision, and last but not least The National Treasury.

Megline Jeruto, Miss World Kenya will in November 2017 represent Kenya at the 67th Miss World beauty pageant in Sanya, China. The 24-year old model and the current Miss Elgeyo Marakwet County was crowned Miss World Kenya 2017 at a colorful event held at the Mall, Westlands. She emerged first in a competitive battle of beauty and brains also represented by beauties from Kilifi, Kakamega, Kisii, Meru, Isiolo, Kiriyanga, Machakos. The 47 County Governments have been great partners of the Miss World Kenya franchise supporting every event since the advent of Devolution. Talent search has begun at the Sub-county level, to the County level then to the National level. Miss Jeruto comes in to fill the shoes of former Miss World Kenya – Evelyn Njambi who came in fifth at the world competitions in Manila, Phillipines last year and went ahead to be crowned Miss World Africa.
Jeruto expressed her excitement after being crowned, having unsuccessfully contested twice for the crown in the past. “I am so happy, I can’t believe I am representing Kenya, It has been a dream but thank God it has come true,” she said.
This year’s beauty pageantry attracted personalities from all walks of life among them, the Nairobi City County Woman Representative Hon. Esther Passaris. Hon Passaris who was a runners up for the Coveted 1991 Miss World Kenya, made a surprise catwalk on the runway and seemed not to have forgotten her days on the stage, elegance and perfection in the art notwithstanding. Miss Jeruto leaves Nairobi for China on the 19th of October to start a month long competition with the apex on 18th of November, 2017.
The Council of Governors extends its full support and success wishes to one of our own. May Megline Jeruto – Miss Elgeyo Marakwet and Miss World Kenya fully represent her County and Country – Kenya and the grandest stage.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 11:39

World of Health Care Conference

Council of Governors' CEO on 26th- 29th September attended the World of Health Care (WoHC) Conference at the Fokker Terminal, The Hague organized by the Task Force for Health Care. World of Health Care gives healthcare service providers an opportunity to visit and share knowledge with health stakeholders in the Netherlands. Delegates enjoy the opportunity to meet fellow professionals who share the same passion and face similar challenges in healthcare, compare policies and procedures, structures, solutions and opportunities for partnerships to foster improvement. Topics of discussion in the 2017 WoHC included; the dynamics of importing and exporting Health expertise; Global healthcare trends-technology innovations and partnerships; the patients’ healthcare journey; and World Café value based Healthcare. The WoHC, which is one of the largest congressional festival in the Netherlands creates an environment where International delegates get to network, share knowledge, be inspired and learn about global & local health trends, challenges and opportunities in an interactive manner. The Task Force Health Care has a long history of organising influential and leading conferences with a focus on global health challenges, international trends and export.
The Kenyan delegation was represented by Gordon Odundo, Nairobi Hospital CEO; Nairobi Hospital Chairman; Dr Samwel Mwenda, Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) general secretary; Peter Matolo Sidian Bank Head of SME Banking; Prof Gilbert Kokwaro Strathmore Business School/ National Health Consortium Head of Department HC Management. Also present were delegates from China, Germany, Poland, South Africa, Ukraine, Scotland and the Unites States of America.

The Council of Governors joined Kisumu County in celebrating World Tourism Day. In attendance was Festus Omariba, Head of Tourism Committee who was representing the CEO, Council of Governors Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni.
Speaking during the event, Mr Omariba stated that the Council of Governors recognizes the role County Governments have in county Tourism product development, county tourism planning, county tourism product diversification and the overall destination marketing in liaison with the relevant stakeholders. He noted that the Council of Governors through its Tourism and Wildlife Committee embraces the participation all stakeholder in the sector and reaffirmed its commitment to catalyse growth of the sector and ensure sustainable tourism growth. The United Nations World Tourism Organization celebrates World Tourism Day internationally on the 27th of September every year and this year it was held in Kisumu County by the theme was ‘Sustainable Tourism – A tool for development.’ The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide. Kenya is a member of the UNWTO and it celebrates this event to express its commitment to the development of the tourism sector, and the same is replicated in counties.
The event started with a street procession from the Kisumu County Offices through Lwang’ni beach, Oile park and to the Kisumu National Museum where the event was officially opened by the Deputy Governor of Kisumu County H.E DR. Mathew Owili. During his remarks, he stated that Kisumu County has partnered with other counties to form a regional block, a move meant to boost the economic potential brought through proper investments in infrastructure and that the County Government is spearheading programs and supporting initiatives that help to market the lakeside city as a top tourist destination.
Present also during the event was the Deputy Governor Siaya County; H.E James Okumbe Ouko. Kisumu County hosted the event in collaboration with other stakeholders which included UN- Habitat, The Council of Governors, Tourism Regulatory Authority, Tourism Fund, Kenya Wildlife Services, Kenya Utalii College, Kisumu county Government, National Museums of Kenya Kenya, Maseno University School of Tourism and Hospitality Lake Basin Authority Kenya Maritime Authority, Lake Basin Tourism Association, Kenya Community based Tourism Network (KECOBAT). Other activities of the day included; Town clean up exercise, tree planting, tourist’s attractions sites visits to the Kisumu National Museum, Dunga Beach, Impala Eco- Lodge and entertainment from cultural performances. The Council of Governors reaffirmed its commitment to catalyse the growth of the sector and ensure sustainable tourism growth which can be achieved by identification and designing of appropriate inter-county safari circuits and opening up the county to potential investors in the sector.

County Governments and Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) signed in July, were registered at the Milimani Labour Court on 18th September 2017. Registration of the CBAs ended a protracted dispute between County Governments and National Government on one side and Doctors. The CBAs were registered in different labour courts at Milimani, Nairobi. They were Makueni, Nyandarua, Mandera, Marsabit, Kwale, Isiolo, Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu before Lady Justice Ndolo, Tharaka Nithi, Lamu, Wajir, Siaya, Migori, Kisii, Narok, Samburu, before Justice Nduma Nderi, Garissa,Kericho, Nairobi,Kiambu, Muranga,Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Busia, before Justice Wasilwa, Turkana, Embu, Mombasa, Homa Bay, Machakos, Kitui, Bungoma, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo before Justice Nzioki, Meru, Taita Taveta, Nakuru, Laikipia, West Pokot, Kajiado,Kakamega, Vihiga, Tana River, Kilifi before Justice Abuodha.
County Governments and KMPDU signed the CBAs on 6th July 2017. The documents seek to improve the doctor’s basic pay and other allowances. KMPDU officials led by the Chairman Dr. Samuel Oroko and the Secretary General Dr. Ouma Oluga signed on behalf of KMPDU. Speaking to the media after the registration, Dr. Ouma Oluga, the Secretary General was glad that the Union finally had their CBAs registered in court considering it’s the first ever registered CBA in the public health sector. “Having had a chance to negotiate with the Government, the union stated that the public sector have no experience in CBA negotiations and were willing to share their expertise to other unions who needed help,” stated Dr. Oluga.
Dr. Oluga stated that the signing of the CBA assured Kenyan of better healthcare services and care givers who were happy and willing to serve Kenyans. “ It is important for every Kenyan to receive good medical services especially at the County level by both parties willing to work together and ensure that the Health sector succeeds. The 47 County Governments are committed to ensure that devolution works in the health sector,” stated Dr. Oluga.

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