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About The Council of Governors

The Council of County Governors (COG) is a non-partisan organization established under Section 19 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act (IGRA 2012). The Council of Governors comprises of the Governors of the forty-seven Counties. main functions are the promotion of visionary leadership; sharing of best practices and; offer a collective voice on policy issues; promote inter – county consultations; encourage and initiate information sharing on the performance of County Governments with regard to the execution of their functions; collective consultation on matters of interest to County Governments.

What We Do

COG provides a mechanism for consultation amongst County Governments, share information on performance of the counties in execution of their functions, facilitate capacity building for Governors, and consider reports from other intergovernmental forums on national and county interests amongst other functions (Section 20).

Our Mission

To deepen devolution through coordination, consultation, information sharing, capacity building, performance management, and dispute resolution.

Our Vision

Prosperous Counties that are drivers of socio-economic growth and development and quality service delivery.

Our Values

Collaboration and Partnership, Integrity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Innovation, Professionalism

Our Motto

48 Governments, 1 Nation

PRESS STATEMENT ON CRITICAL ISSUES AFFECTING COUNTY GOVERNMENTS

Chairman CoG2019

Members of the Press,
Citizens of Kenya,
We would also like to bring to the attention of the Public that on the onset of Devolution, in 2012, there were 8,466 health facilities that increased to 10,032 in 2016. Currently, there are 16,655 health facilities in the 47 devolved units. In 2013, counties found 874 doctors and 6,620 nurses and by 2016, there were 1,302 doctors and 8,903 nurses in the facilities. Currently, there are 4,398 doctors and 31,923 nurses in health facilities.

Further, there is 89% utilization of skilled birth deliveries by women of reproductive age, this is a 13% improvement from the 2014 KDHS reported skilled birth deliveries.

On Child Health, Under-5 mortality rate declined from 52 to 41 deaths per 1,000 live births. Infant mortality rate declined from 39 to 32 deaths per 1,000 live births. 80% of children aged 12–23 months were fully vaccinated with basic antigens.

These are the basic indicators that highlight the performance and successes of County Governments, this notwithstanding the meager resources allocated to County Governments.
In this regard, The Council of Governors notes that the unbundling of functions was completed and therefore requests IGRTC for immediate gazzatement of the functions.

Salary Payments
We also wish to bring to the attention of the Public that Senior Medical Doctors are paid 103% higher which is double the amount that is paid to non-health workers in the public service and other doctors in the Private sector. Currently, a County Senior Medical Officer is paid Kshs. 479,000 as shown below;
• Basic salary- Kshs. 203, 000
• Emergency call allowance- Kshs. 80,000
• House Allowance – Kshs. 56,000
• Commuter allowance- Kshs. 20,000
• Non-practice allowance – Kshs. 60,000
• Extraneous allowance- Kshs. 40,000
• Risk allowance – Kshs. 20,000

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Latest News Highlights

1.    Short term borrowing: IBEC has now approved mechanism for County governments to access overdrafts at CBK with guarantee from the National Treasury. The borrowing will be 5% of audited revenue and to be repaid within a year.
2.    County Government Expenditure Ceilings: That the AG’s interpretation be sought on the amendment to Section 107 of the PFMA law within one week.  Pending that clarification, the Controller of Budget approve allocations to counties within the legal threshold provided for under the current CARA ceilings. Regulation 25 to be amended to remove challenges experienced in its implementation.
3.    County Pension: That the CS National Treasury convene a meeting with all stakeholders to finalise on the report by the AG chaired committee then a meeting to be convened by the Deputy President to finalise on the matter
4.    Assets and Liabilities: To facilitate the expeditious and efficient transfer of assets and liabilities, a gazette notice has been approved by IBEC to set up county committees. The entire process should be complete by March 2017.
5.    Vocational Training: National Government to consider providing conditional grants to the county governments to support construction and equipping of institutions. Senate to be informed ahead of the allocation by National government to ensure policy mainstreaming at both levels
6.    Road Maintenance Fuel Levy: County governments to provide work plans that adhere to the ceilings provided for by the ministry
7.    Maternity Health care: County governments to receive pending 1.4 billion by December. Counties to recommend two names (Man and Woman) to the ministry for one to be appointed to both KEMSA and NHIF boards respectively.
•    NHIF law to be amended to allow representation.
•    NHIF accreditation to be reviewed to remove costs of new institutions and unnecessary bureaucracy
8.    IFMIS: National Treasury team on IFMIS to look into the issues raised by council of governors. National Treasury to convene an urgent meeting with counties to address issues. Ministry of ICT to be included in the consultations.

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