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Monday, 11 December 2017 22:14

THE INAUGURAL DEVOLUTION SENSITIZATION WEEK

The Council of Governors Secretariat held its first ever Devolution Sensitisation Week on the 6th- 8th December at the Kencom Bus Stage.
The three days event was organised by the Council of Governors to create a platform for the public learn about the Council of Governors through its technical committees, its mandate and the County best practices achieved through the technical committees.
HE Mike Sonko, who officially opened the event could not hide his joy, appreciating the opportunity to host the inaugural Devolution Sensitisation Week.
“Allow me to begin by sincerely thanking the Council of Governors for choosing Nairobi City County to host the first Devolution Sensitization Week” said HE Sonko.
“Without strict adherence to the law, service delivery shall never be effective. We must therefore invest heavily in improving service delivery, particularly in areas which have immediate impact on the common Kenyan like education, infrastructure, health, water and agriculture” continued Governor Sonko.
It was at this very event that HE Mike Sonko and the general public had the opportunity to meet the Nairobi County Queens. The team is a group of young girls who are former street girls currently doing big in the football field. This year, the team participated in the 2017 Homeless world Cup where they emerged third out of the 18 Nations represented in the event. The Council of Governors was willing to give the girls a platform to showcase their talent to both the Governor and the public at large. The team proceeds to Japan in 2018 for the Homeless World Cup where they promised to perform even better.
The Governor, as a sign of blessing and best wishes to the team displayed his ability of handling the ball.
The Devolution Sensitisation Week was also a platform for the Council of Governors to share information on the achievements by the County Governments since the advent of Devolution in line with its mandate as enshrined in Section 20 of the Intergovernmental Relation Act, 2012.
“In line with COG’s mandate which is ‘To share information and best practices on performance of Counties in executing their functions with the objective of learning and promotion of best practices and where necessary, initiating preventive or corrective action’, this event is important because as the secretariat and the technical team that supports the Council of Governors, we get an opportunity to interact with the public to get feedback on how we can serve you better” remarked the Council of Governors CEO Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni.
Some of the participants in the Devolution Sensitization Week were Nairobi County, who educated the public about some of their services and to address issues of service delivery in various sectors, Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services, conducted a blood drive that would boost the National Blood Bank, Women4Cancer who were present to raise awareness on the various cancers and to conduct free breast cancer screening for both women and men. During the Devolution Sensitisation Week, Women for Cancer set a record - screening the highest number of men for breast cancer. Confirming the record, women for cancer Director Ms. Catherine said that during the three days, they had managed to screen more than fifty men for breast cancer a number they had not seen in any other event.
The office of the Ombudsman was also present to address grievances that the public had with both the National government and County Governments, and to share some of their key reports. Homeboyz Entertainment and Chairmania events limited were present and the public had the rare chance to interact with them and learn of their products and services.
After 3 days, the event came to a close with a promise to the public to implement the recommendations collected to improve service delivery through the County Governments and the technical committees.

The Council of Governors (COG) and the Government of India through the High Commission of India has embarked on building capacity for staff across 47 County Governments.

Through collaboration with COG, the Government of India is training County officers on Wind Turbine Technology, Wind Energy, and Entrepreneurship and Marketing skills development.

The short courses which last for a month are sponsored by the Government of India.  The 13 officers are attending courses at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Patancheru, Telengana, India and National Institute of Wind Energy, Chennai, India.

The officer travelled to India on 20th November. It is expected that the knowledge acquired will be cascaded to other officers in County Governments in a bid to improve  service delivery.

The officers are Ms Annpatliz Mwihaki (Council of Governors), Mr. Hezborn Orina Obara (Kisii County), Mr. Anthony Wacira and Sospeter Kibe Muiruri (Nyeri County), Mr. Edgar Nawera Wegulo and Hillary Shikuba (Kakamega County), Mr. Lotuko Sospeter (Turkana County) and Mr. Sammy Ngige Kimani (Nakuru County) are in India for the training on Wind Turbine Technology and applications.

Others are Ms. Beth Njeri Karuma (Nyeri County), Moses Njenga Njogu (Nakuru County), Ms. Christine Namaemba, Ms. Eliakim Bonyo and Ms. Sarah Laura Mango (Siaya County) are participating on an Entrepreneurship and Marketing skills development training at the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) patancheru, Telengana, India.

India has had a devolved system of governance for over 50 years making India Kenya’s big brother as far as devolution is concerned. India is booming in knowledge-based sectors like information technology, medicine and other professional services - Sankarshan Acharya 2005. According to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj of the Government of India in the Devolution Report of 2015/16,  World over, communities are increasingly looking at innovative solutions around democratic decentralisation, participative local governance and citizen centered service delivery to solve their complex problems and achieve equitable and sustainable development. It is widely agreed that a new wave of decentralisation emerged in the nineties globally, characterised by (i) local democracy with focus on devolution of powers and resources to elected local bodies enjoying relative autonomy (ii) local governance based on participation of the marginalised and downtrodden, transparency and downward accountability (iii) local economic development focusing on pro-poor decentralised delivery of basic social services (iv) administrative reforms for efficient and cost effective civil services to support decentralisation.

The Government of India has been a great supporter to devolution in Kenya.  

The Council of Governors acknowledges the ruling by the High Court of Kenya in Petition No. 280 of 2017: Council of Governors Vs Lake Basin Development Authority & 6 others. In this matter the Council sought a declaration that Sections 3& 8 of the Lake Basin Development Authority, Sections 3 & 10 of the Kerio Valley Development Authority, Sections 3 & 8of the Tana & Athi Rivers Development Authority, Sections 3 & 8 of the Ewaso Ng'iro South Basin Development Authority, Sections 3 & 8 of the Coast Development Authority and Sections 3 & 8 of the Ewaso Ng'iro North Basin Development are all unconstitutional to the extent that they are inconsistent with Articles 6(2), 189 (1)(a) and (b),189 (2) and 259(11) of the Constitution. Despite the transfer of the functions by the Transition Authority through Legal Notice number 137 to 182 of 2013, these Authorities continue to carry out functions that are a preserve of the County Governments contrary to the provisions of the Fourth Schedule of the constitution. The functions presented in this matter include; integrated planning coordination and implementation of projects and programmes.

The Respondents raised a preliminary objection stating that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter and that the petition was premature because the Petitioner had not exhausted the dispute resolution mechanisms provided for under the Constitution and the Intergovernmental Relations Act No.2 of 2012. That in the same spirit, County and National governments are supposed to take all reasonable measures to resolve disputes amicably and exhaust the mechanisms for alternative dispute resolution provided for under the Intergovernmental Relations Act before resorting to judicial proceedings as contemplated under article 189(3) and (4) of the Constitution.

The preliminary objection was however dismissed by the Court on the 27th day of November 2017. In its ruling, the court cited that the disputes contemplated by the intergovernmental Relations Act must be one between the two levels of government or between County governments.
In its findings the court noted that the dispute resolution mechanism established under the Intergovernmental Relations Act is not competent to resolve a question relating to the interpretation of the Constitution.
The court further noted that the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee does not have the mandate to resolve disputes relating to the constitutionality of a statute.

Excellency Governors led by the Chairman, Council of Governors, H.E Josphat Nanok attended the inaugural Ushanga initiative consultative meeting at Sankara Hotel on 27th November 2017. The meeting which was chaired by Cabinet Secretary, Tourism Najib Balala, resolved that Deputy Governors will be the team leaders in the counties with the CECs Tourism being the deputy team Leaders.
The Initiative will also have County coordinators, who will then be assisted by two Ushanga Women Representatives and Chief Officers from Finance, Gender and culture to ensure that the Initiative is successful in the counties. Also in attendance were Chairman of the Tourism and Wildlife Committee, H.E Samuel ole Tunai (Narok County), Governor Baringo County, H.E Stanley Kiptis, Deputy Governor Marsabit County, H.E Solomon Riwe and Deputy Governor Kajiado County, H.E Martin Moshisho. All Excellency Governors and Deputy Governors speaking during the meeting supported the initiative. They noted that they will work to ensure that the project is fully implemented. H.E Nanok noted that the Ushanga initiative is indeed a good project that would uplift the communities. H.E Samuel ole Tunai said: “I fully support the initiative. In fact it’s meant to have some earlier as especially in my county, the women who get to sell their beadwork to many tourists outside the Masai Mara and indeed if a market can be created to uplift their business why not.” Governor Baringo County, H.E Stanley Kiptis stated that Baringo County to host the CS Tourism, Najib Balala for the sensitization day scheduled between 13th-16th December, 2017. The Ushanga Kenya Initiative is aimed at job creation and transformation of the living standards of the women from pastoralist communities through commercialization of beadwork which has otherwise been a traditional activity with no significant economic benefits to the communities.
The initiative seeks to strengthen business and production capacity for women from pastoralists communities as well as improve their competitiveness of beads products in local, regional and international markets for sustainable livelihoods.
The initiative touches on seven counties namely, Baringo, Marsabit, Narok, Kajiado, Samburu, Turkana and West Pokot. An Ushanga Kenya Steering committee was formed to assist in the implementation of the initiative. The committee comprises of the Chairperson Mrs. Hellen Nkaissery, the Council of Governors, Principal Secretaries from Tourism, State Department of Culture and the Arts, State Department of Cooperatives, State Department of Gender Affairs and Principal Administrative Secretary from the Office of the Deputy President.
The role of the County Governments in this initiative is to recognize and mainstream Ushanga Initiative as county flagship Programme; Entrench framework from implementation, monitoring and budgetary framework; Mobilize and form women groups; Build capacity to enhance value and support infrastructure for the groups. In order to achieve this, several activities have been lined up which include; Awareness and ownership creation on the cultural and economic value of the bead and the Initiative, mobilization of pastoral women engaged in bead industry, capacity building of the pastoral women in the bead industry, infrastructure provision, product development and growth of the bead industry and marketing and sales of the beads industry. County visits have currently been scheduled in the 7 respective counties scheduled to take place between 4th December 2017 and 3rd February 2018.

H.E Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta was on 28th November 2017 sworn into office at a colorful event held at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. He becomes the Fourth President after winning a second term after the hotly contested 26th october 2017 repeat presidential election. In attendance were 35 Governors and Deputy Governors led by the Chairman, Council of Governors H.E Josphat Nanok, presidents, heads of delegation among other dignitaries. The Governors first met at Council of Governors Office for a breakfast meeting before boarding a bus to the venue.
The Governors attended the event to celebrate with the president and welcome the second phase of the devolved system of governance since the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 in August 27th 2010. The first phase of devolution was a great opportunity for both levels of Government to learn from each other and work on the intergovernmental relations. The National and County Governments have worked together since 2013 and look forward to working together to ensure that the people of Kenya receive superior service delivery as was envisioned by our the crafters of our constitution.
“We will endeavor to play our role as members of the Inter-Governmental Body and work with the administration in the spirit of consultations and cooperation. Working together as a team will enable effective delivery of devolved services,” said HE Nanok in a previous statement.
The relationship between the two levels of Government has continued to grow stronger over the years through the intergovernmental fora such as the Summit and the Intergovernmental Budget Executive Council (IBEC) as provided by the Constitution. At least once every year, the Council of Governors meet with the president at the Summit where the issues of common interest among County Governments and the National Government are discussed. The president, in his speech who begins his second and last term in office noted with emphasis the benefits that have come with devolution. “We have built a Kenya where every county is the center of the nation; where every county is a centre of economic development. Through devolution, we have delivered government to the people” he stated.
The Constitution of Kenya 2010, which brought the devolved system of Governance was a notable point of reference in H.E Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech. The Governors are the heads of the 47 devolved units and the president the nation.......More Photos

Thursday, 23 November 2017 18:16

Finish Embassy at the Council of Governors

A delegation from the Finish Embassy paid the Council of Governors a courtesy visit to establish future collaborations with the 47 County Governments. The delegation of 12 members led by the Ambassador Tarja Fernandez was received by the Council of Governors CEO Mrs Jacqueline Mogeni.

Mrs Mogeni, who was flanked by COG Directors and Heads of Committees took the delegation through the role and the history of the institution. “Our role is to coordinate, facilitate and build capacity of County Governments. With time, our responsibility has grown. As a secretariat we now support CECs and Directors. We also act as referral points and monitor implementation of projects,” stated the CEO.

Ambassador Tarja Fernandez stated that her country supports devolution because it brings about equity.

In attendance were Tony Paso - Team Leader Kenya , Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Åsa Wallendahl - Counsellor Embassy of Finland, Leena Faurie - Desk Officer , Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Wacheke Michuki - Governance Coordinator, Georginah Gichohi - Coordinator FEC, Kamau Waithaka - Project Coordinator (Forestry and water).

It is said that “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." – President Ronald Reagan. Excellency Governors, Deputy Governors and County First Ladies, on Saturday, 18th November 2017 paid their last respect to the Late H.E Wahome Gakuru, 3rd Governor of Nyeri County at his home in Kiruchu Village, Nyeri County. Speaking at the funeral, H.E Wycliffe Oparanya, who spoke on behalf of the Council and represented H.E Jospaht Nanok, Chairman, Council of Governors described Dr. Gakuru as a fallen hero and an excellent patriot to the county, and condoled with the family, residents of Nyeri County and the country at large. H.E Oparanya praised the late H.E Dr. Gakuru as a highly brilliant policy maker and firm leader who served the country with utmost dedication. He noted that the late Dr. Wahome Gakuru, was a Governor with immense understanding of Devolution and true servant leadership, was a joyful man and an inspiration to many.

H.E Oparanya said that the Council of Governors has lost a very brilliant and valuable member. “He will forever be remembered for his outstanding leadership at the Vision 2030 secretariat where he worked with zeal and passion,” stated H.E Oparanya

The Council of Governors in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF) and the County Government of Kisumu convened a stakeholders’ meeting in Kisumu County to look into the status of the sugar industry in Kenya.
In attendance were Governors from the sugar belt region led by H.E Okoth Obado – Governor Migori County, CS for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Authority, Members of Parliament, Members of County Executive Committees, Members of County Assemblies, representatives of farmers and sugar millers and development partners, the stakeholders sort to address and sort solutions to the challenges in the sugar industry.
“This well thought out and timely meeting is the beginning of great things to come that will revolutionize the agriculture sector in Kenya. As the Council of Governors, we are committed to ensure that the resolutions made during this meeting are fully realized at the county level,” H.E Okoth Obado, Chairman Council of Governors’ Committee on Agriculture assured. Evident during the meeting was that industry players recognized that despite the challenges, it is possible to revive the sugar industry. The industry can yet again be profitable and attractive to investment.
“The sugar industry in Kenya has been ailing with innumerable challenges in production, access to inputs and seed, poor sugar factory management, high cost of sugar production and milling and poor sector regulation, “ Obado reiterated.
Collaborative efforts between the national and County Governments with full participation of other industry players will deliver the desired results.
“In 2015, the National Government initiated the process of privatization of the publicly owned sugar milling industries in Kenya after approval by Parliament. This process was preceded and accompanied by a large scale process of restructuring of the sugar industry generally, and the sugar milling companies in particular,” he added.
The stakeholders agreed that privatization of the millers must be implemented in a manner that is agreeable to all stakeholders, fast tracking of the sugar industry regulations and gazette upon resolution of the licensing issue raised by Council of Governors, the establishment of a cane development fund, promote research on crop varieties and commercialization of seed cane production among other recommendations.
The major outcome of the meeting is the renewal of commitment by the national government and County Governments in sugar growing areas, as well as other industry players, to pool efforts and resources for the revival of the sugar industry in the country. Some of the solutions suggested during the meeting will be implemented through Rapid Results Initiative by both National and County Governments.
The efforts focus on improving productivity and reducing cost of production, with a view to improving the welfare of farmers and making the sugar industry sustainable.

The Council of Governors held a consultative meeting with Africa Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) at the Council of Governors offices. The meeting was a follow up of the introductory meeting held earlier to discuss how the Council of Governors can partner with AAIN to establish Agribusiness Incubation centers across the Counties.
AAIN is a continental umbrella organization for agribusiness incubators in Africa. AAIN implements the African Agribusiness Incubation Programme (AAIP) for job and wealth creation in Africa through strategic partnerships with donors and development partners. AAIN runs the AAIP through incubators to harness the creativity and innovations of the youth, commercialize outputs of Agricultural research institutions, enhance financial support from financial institutions, governments, and private sector and farmer associations. Through partnership with AAIN, the Council of Governors seeks to introduce a pilot phase of Agribusiness Incubation program across 14 select Counties in the first two years of the project implementation and thereafter scale up to the remaining 45 Counties. The project is expected to run for five years.
The agribusiness incubation business agenda has five core investment areas designed to respond to the drivers of agriculture transformation as envisaged in the Agriculture Growth and Transformation Strategy developed to guide the sector growth. The core areas include input and output market infrastructure development, technology commercialization and innovations, human and institutional capacity development in agribusiness, Youth and women engagement in trade and investment, structured financing for the youth using the Agribusiness Incubation Fund. It is expected that the implementation of the project will trigger the much lauded paradigm of shifting from traditional smallholder farming to a value chain oriented commercialized agriculture systems. The Council of Governors recognizes the unexploited potential that lies in agribusiness and seeks to harness the potential of Youth to revolutionize agriculture systems. The project is will be a real game changer in building entrepreneurial skills of agripreneurs as well as enhancing preferential entry of Youth and women in agriculture. It’s time for the Youth in agribusiness to seize the moment and embrace agribusiness as the next frontier.

Monday, 20 November 2017 07:03

HIV/AIDS FAST TRACK PLAN

Council of Governors' CEO on attended the National Steering Committee and Adolescents and Young people’s (AYP) Multi sectorial meeting held at the National Aids Control Council offices.The meeting whose purpose was to report on the progress of the AYP fast track plan targets, brought together different Ministries and agencies within the National Government, County Governments, Development Partners, Civil Societies and the Private Sector. The key focus area for the meeting was to fast track the HIV response to end new HIV infections, AIDS related death, stigma and discrimination among adolescents and Young people.
“For the fast track plan to succeed, County Governments should be regularly consulted,’’ said Council of Governors CEO. She further reiterated that “NACC should take advantage of the County Governments’ youth initiatives and interventions.”
In 2015, government representatives from Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa met to plan the development of a regional roadmap to increase the use of combination HIV prevention services in each country.
Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the medium term plan II 2014-2017 has placed the youth especially young women at the center of the country’s development agenda. Yet by this the youth still face various health challenges and risks such as HIV, gender-based violence, alcohol and drug abuse. The meeting recommended the operationalization of the Kenya Fast Track plan highlighting the need to explore effective dissemination approaches in all the 47 counties with an appeal to the Council of Governors to encourage County leaderships to buy in on the HIV agenda in their counties.

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