County Executives Members Conference
On 5th and 6th of December Country Executives Members from all counties congregated at Kipsigis Girls, Kericho for the Fourth Annual County Executive Members Conference. The conference provides a platform for the County Executives to highlight and deliberate on technical aspects of devolution with resolutions being presented at the main Devolution Conference for adoption and action in the subsequent year.
The participants included Chief Executive Members, Directors of Communications, Chief of Staff, Chief Officers, Directors, representatives of National Government, Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations, Private Sector and Members of the public.
The Chief Guest was Vice Chairman, Council of Governors H.E Eng. John Mruttu accompanied by the host Governor, Kericho County, H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony, Deputy Governor, Kiambu County H.E Gerald Githinji , Deputy Governor, Kericho County H.E Susan Kikwai and Chairman of the County Executives Caucus Anthony Njaramba.
In his statement, H.E John Mruttu stated that “County Governments have played a key role in delivering vital services; developing local economies; giving communities a voice through robust public participation and helping them shape the environment within which they live.”
The conference focused on taking stock of the accomplishment made in the transition period and establishing pending work (if any) and making recommendation thereof. It was also an opportunity to celebrate and share the emerging lessons and best practice by both levels of government. To this end it examined approaches used to empower citizens while delivering the devolution promise.
To address its objectives, the conference was organized in different plenums including; Legal, election preparedness and Transition, Corruption and Governance, Health, Energy, Lands, Urban development and Infrastructure including NRM, Education, Gender, Youth & Culture, Agriculture, Trade, tourism and Cooperatives.
The Conference made some following observations and recommendations during the plenum discussions in line with the Clarion Call “The Devolution Transformation” and the Conference theme “Devolution- Transforming Lives: Tell your story!” Which are: THAT despite the initial challenges, devolution as has taken off in earnest as a “game changer” that has immensely transformed the lives of citizens in all the 47 Counties, THAT with regard to preparations for the 2017 elections, IEBC has launched a Strategic Plan and is already implementing an action plan for managing the election process, including elections results management system and recommended that IEBC should ensure timely procurement and deployment of technology, develop a credible voter register and a credible electoral process management system in order to deliver Presidential and other electoral results in a transparent, efficient and credible manner. THAT this being the last CECs Conference for the First Pioneer County Government, we must safeguard the gains made through devolution, maintain our resolve to perform the spectrum of functions that are directly linked to attainment of SDGs and comprehensively document the journey, experiences, lessons and pending action points emerging from the first five years of implementing devolution to serve as reference for CECs who will assume office after the 2017 elections. THAT we must also continue to push for the streamlining and restructuring of functions that are performed by institutions at both levels of government.
Governor, Kericho County H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony during the closing ceremony stated that the success of devolution was evident countrywide from one County to another. He reiterated that fact that devolution was firmly on course. He further assured Kenyans that governors would continue in the same momentum to see Counties flourish in the way they envisaged when they voted for a new Constitution in 2010.