Tuesday, 30 July 2019 07:46

FUTURE OF DEVOLUTION

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Despite the opportunities presented by devolution it has been noted that going by observations, media reports and complaints by citizens, devolution seems to be failing to live up to its promise, particularly on the accountability front. In his remarks H.E. Oparanya said “It is increasingly becoming clear that devolution given the frequent legal and political challenges, that it is not being implemented as comprehensively as it was envisioned by Kenyans and or even by the drafters of the Constitution.”
The Governors resolved to strengthen the structural institutions that will effectively enable them deliver services to its citizens up to the village level. The Council of Governors on 25th July 2019 held a consultative meeting dubbed “The Future of Devolution” with all stakeholders of Devolution at Sarova Woodlands, Nakuru County.

The meeting which was attended by Excellency Governors, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, Chair of the County Assemblies Forum Johnson Osoi and development partners, sought to take stock of performance of both levels of governments in promoting and entrenching devolution as envisaged in the constitution.

In his remarks, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa reiterated that the National Government is committed to supporting devolution while assuring those present that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s support to devolution is unwavering. On the increment of revenue to counties, the CS said that figures from the Controller of Budget showcase increased allocations to counties since 2013.

However a presentation by Public Finance Management expert David Ndii shows that allocations to County Governments have actually been reducing every year since 2013. Furthermore he pointed out that the delayed disbursement of funds by the treasury is actually harming development of the Counties.

 

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Devolution has faced various challenges including lack of a proper framework for intergovernmental planning, over reliance on the National Government and an unsustainable wage bill. The future of devolution is dependent on the principle of consultation coordination and cooperation. The two levels of Government should use this as a guide as they interact to ensure that their individual outputs speak into enriching and enhancing the lives of Kenyans

In this regard the meeting resolved that the National Government and County Governments will enhance consultation, cooperation and collaboration in the proper coordination of various frameworks in ensuring devolution is a success.
Furthermore, Governors agreed to explore partnerships with stakeholders in the devolution space in order to protect devolution and explore opportunities for County Governments to partner with the private sector at the local level to enhance growth and development cushion private sector against the overcrowding of investment by the National government.

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