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COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS ELECTIONS

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Pursuant to section 19 (2) and (3) of the Intergovernmental relations Act 2012, the Council of Governors held its executive elections on 20th January 2020. This is the eighth elections held by the Council of Governors since 2013. The election process has always been efficient and with decorum with peaceful transition.
Speaking during the COG leadership unveiling luncheon, Devolution and ASALs Cabinet Secretary Hon. Eugene Wamalwa congratulated the Council of Governors for the long track record of peaceful elections and transition. “I must say congratulations to you for the peaceful transition in your leadership. This is something we can emulate as a Country,” he said.
Council of Governors executive leadership has promoted intergovernmental collaboration and integration between the two levels of Government. The Council has over the years been at the forefront in representing and protecting the interests of the County Governments at the intergovernmental level. “The leadership of the COG will play a major role in working shoulder to shoulder with the National Government and the two levels of government synergizing for us to realize our vision as a Country,” said Wamalwa.
The Council of Governors bestowed upon HE FCPA Hon. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya. Governor Kakamega County a second term to lead as the Chairman Council of Governors. Governor Oparanya took over power from His Turkana Counterpart HE Josphat Nanok in January 2019. This marks the second and final term for the Kakamega Governor to serve as the chairman as enshrined in law.
“Let me convey a heartfelt thank you to all the Excellency Governors for their support in the last one year. I stand here proud of what we have achieved. On my part it has been a privilege, an honor and a humbling experience, to serve as a Chairman of the Council of Governors,” said the chairman.
H.E. Oparanya starts his second term when devolution is facing a myriad of challenges. In his acceptance address, he committed to work tirelessly to ensure that he tackles these issues strategically and sustainably. “There are several challenges that must be addressed in order to firmly anchor devolution. They include; 4. Underfunding of County Governments, delayed disbursements that paralyze activities at the County level, prolonged and tedious division of revenue process, challenges with KEMSA, corruption among other challenges,” the chairman highlighted.
Seven years into a devolved system of Governance, there is urgent need for the two levels of Government to deepen the working relationship to improve service delivery to Kenyans. Over the years, the two levels have met on several intergovernmental forums such as IBEC, the Devolution Conferences, and the Summit that is chaired by the president to iron out issues of concern to both levels of Government. Governor Oparanya and the elected executive have committed this year to deepen these relations. He called upon both levels of Government to work together as a strategy to achieve more success.
“As we move into another year of devolution, my desire is that this will be a year of closer and deeper partnerships. Synergy between the National Government and County Governments is so important in delivery of development agendas like the Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC). Without dialogue based on good faith and proper coordination, the two levels of government will achieve little. And cooperation should also be seen in the development partner and private sector fronts,” he concluded.
The current executive leadership (see full committee here) will lead the Council and the respective technical committees for the period ending January 2021 when the next election shall be held.

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