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DEVOLUTION ON COURSE DESPITE CHALLENGES

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Devolution is working. This is the assurance by the Council of Governors Chairman, H.E Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya to the public during the State of Devolution Address 2019 on the 28th of June, at the Movenpick Hotel, Nairobi. The State of Devolution Address is an annual accountability report by the 47 County Governments. It is a channel through which County Governments account their achievements, challenges and mitigation measures and strategies put in place. The State of Devolution Address which happens in the backdrop of the adoption of the devolved system of government this year was delivered by H.E Wycliffe Oparanya, the current chair of the Council of Governors.
Raising the curtains was H.E Mwangi wa Iria, the current vice chair of the council who is also the Governor for Murang'a County. He pointed out that the State of Devolution Address came at a strategic time when the equitable funds for counties is a heated debate. “This has come at a time when there is a tie between the National Government and the senate on the provision of the devolved funds”, he pointed out. While addressing the delegation, the Chief Guest, Senate speaker, Rt. Hon. Kenneth Lusaka noted that there have been deliberate hurdles experienced by both the Senate and Counties as they legislate and implement devolution. However, he stated that there was no looking back until the desired mark is achieved. “Despite all these, I wish to say that as senate, we are dedicated to the success of Devolved Governance and assure Kenyans that we will not let them down,” he stated. “Let us be realistic and remain alive to the challenges that beguile devolution in Kenya”, he continued. The speaker also mentioned that the 47 County Governments are indeed under pressure to deliver. The dependence of the Mwananchi to the County Governments on services is exponential. To be able to deliver as a country, therefore, is for the National and County Governments to work complementarily. In the Address, Council of Governors Chairman, Governor Oparanya laid out the achievements in the 4 devolved function as well as strategies by the Council of Governor and the County Governments together with stakeholders have put in place for the Financil Year 2019/2020.

The 2019 address was the 6th since the advent of Devolution in Kenya.
Find the full address here.

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