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COG CONVENES WORKSHOP WITH COUNTY SECRETARIES AND COUNTY ATTORNEYS ON TRANSITION

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The Council of Governors (CoG) held a three - day sensitization workshop with County Secretaries and County Attorneys on the preparations for transition in the Counties and assumption to office of Governors, from 14th – 16th March 2022 at Merica Hotel in Nakuru County. This comes even as the country gears towards marking the end of the second generation County Governments in the upcoming 2022 general elections to be held on 9th August.

In view of the Council’s mandate as embedded in section 20 of the IGRA Act, the meeting sought to equip the County Secretaries and the County Attorneys with skills and knowledge that would be instrumental in facilitating a smooth transition of power and ensuring uninterrupted service delivery to Kenyans. Further, it highlighted the Assumption of Office of the Governor Act of 2019 and provided an opportunity for County Governments to share experiences on all matters transition including: change management and handover processes; conflict management; and management of assets and liabilities.

Speaking during the official opening Council of Governors CEO, Ms. Mary Mwiti noted the critical role the transition plays in shaping the Kenya’s political and socio-economic agenda as well as laying the foundation for a peaceful and prosperous regime.
“Stability during a transition depends on the technocrats' level of preparedness in guiding outgoing officials and inaugurating incoming administration,” said Ms. Mary Mwiti.
The Assumption of Office of the Governor Act, 2019 guides on the procedure and ceremony for the assumption of office for the Governor and Deputy elect. The Act further provides for establishment of an ad-hoc Committee chaired by the County Secretary in each County to oversee and guide the transition from one government to the other.
“The Assumption of Office of the Governor Act is crucial in ensuring a seamless transition come August 2022,” noted Mr. Caleb Nyamwange - Chair, County Attorneys Forum while imploring all Counties to ensure full operationalization of the Office of the County Attorney Act.
“This will seal any litigation loopholes that may derail efforts towards a successful transition,” he added.
County Secretaries and County Attorneys who have been at the center of a transition from one Governor to another shared their real and practical experiences with the aim of preparing their colleagues on what to expect in the transition period. Counties that have changed leadership due to the creation of vacancy in the office of the Governor include: Kiambu, Kajiado, Bomet, Makueni, Nyeri, Kisii, Kakamega, Kirinyaga and most recently, Wajir.
Mr. Patrick Mukuria – Vice Chair, County Secretary Caucus commended the CoG for organizing such a forum and called for collaboration and cooperation between National and County Governments for successful and stable service delivery in the Counties during the transition.
As the County Governments prepare for the change in administration, they are likely to grapple with accumulated pending bills. Some Counties have inherited pending bills from the defunct local authorities, others from the first generation County Governments while others have been accrued since 2017. It was agreed that incoming County Governments prioritize pending bills and that all Counties develop and implement a clear pending bills payment plan for improved service delivery to the common ‘mwananchi’.
In light of the change of guard expected in the country after the 2022 general elections, the CoG will execute an extensive induction program for the County leadership in order to equip newly elected and appointed County leaders with knowledge of the systems, structures, and processes for managing County Governments. The CoG calls upon all stakeholders to work together pre, during and post the transition in August 2022 and further urges all political leaders to maintain sobriety and peace during this electioneering period.

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