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The Council of Governors leadership led by the Chair H.E Martin Wambora on Friday 12th of March 2021, paid a courtesy call to H.E The President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, where they appraised him on several issues, relating to the current pandemic in view of the rising cases of coronavirus infections, the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the counties, the upcoming 7th Annual Devolution Conference and the tree growing exercise preceding the devolution conference.
At the end of the courtesy visit H.E The President invited governors to join him as he gave the Fourteenth National Presidential Address on the Coronavirus pandemic. In his address the President laid out measures that needed to be adhered to in order to address the raising cases which had led to an overstretch of the medical facilities especially in Nairobi and neighboring counties. Some of the measures spelt out included banning of all forms of political gatherings; strict maintenance and enforcement of public social health measures for all funerals, return to strict adherence to regular washing of hands with soap and water or use of sanitizers; physical/social distancing in all public places, cremations and other interment ceremonies (which should be conducted strictly within 72 hours of confirmation of death); maintenance of a high state of preparedness through continuous capacity-building and provision of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers across all isolation facilities in the country; continuous implementation of Infection Prevention and Control measures; and enhanced investment in piped and portable oxygen to isolation and critical care treatment facilities by County Governments for better management of severe COVID-19 cases.
The President in his address also lauded the County Governments for their resilient efforts in tackling the pandemic despite the fact that it mutates so rapidly and this can be an overwhelming factor.
“County Governments have been affected as well; COVID had overstretched the County health infrastructure. However, the County Governments stood strong and unbowed. With the help of my Administration, they expanded and upgraded their health facilities. County Governments are now ready to roll out our Universal Health Coverage initiative,” said H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In defending the efforts that the National and County Governments have done so far, President Uhuru recognized the effort of multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank that have been at the forefront in helping the country tackle this pandemic.
“In the face of this unparalleled enemy, therefore, the approach of both the National and County Governments has been that of speedy action. An average plan executed with speed is superior to an excellent plan executed slowly. Because of our speedy approach, the multi-lateral agencies, like the World Bank, have credited our COVID-19 containment success to swift policy action and bold programme choices. However, our approach has also been a mixed bag of fortunes. We have paid the high cost of bold decisions and profited from the benefits of swift actions,” the President said.
Speaking on behalf of the County Governments, Council Chair H.E Martin Wambora, echoed the President’s statements and reiterated the County Governments’ commitment in ensuring that all health protocols will be enforced at the County level. “On behalf of the Council of Governors and the County Governments, my fellow Governors and I will support the measures outlined by H.E The President Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.
During the courtesy call the vice-chairman of the Council H.E James Ongwae, in briefing the President also took the opportunity to invite The President to the 7th Annual Devolution Conference that will be held in Makueni County from the 3rd to 6th May 2021. In line with this year’s Conference theme, the President will grow the 2 millionth tree. The tree growing exercise is being organized by the Conference planning committee to ensure that 2 million trees are grown by 4th May 2021 in the SEKEB Region, that is; Kajiado, Machakos, Kitui and Makueni Counties.
The meeting with President Uhuru came days after the Council of Governors Council meeting where they deliberated on issues of common interest affecting County Governments. These included the rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccine; the non-release of the equitable share and the upcoming Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project II, among other issues.



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