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COG COMMITTEE CHAIRS APPRAISED ON COMMITTEE ISSUES

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Council of Governors Liaison and Resource Management Committee which brings together all Committee Chairs and is led by CoG Vice Chair H.E Ahmed Abdullahi held its inaugural meeting with the Secretariat Technical leads on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

The purpose of the meeting was to appraise Excellency Governors on the status of sectoral matters as well priority areas that require their immediate intervention.

While delivering her opening remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Mary Mwiti noted, “The Council of Governors executes its agenda through technical committees. This is the first meeting of this nature where all Committee Chairs and technical staff have met to discuss sectoral issues as well as share the expectations of each Committee.” She noted adding that the devolution agenda can only be propelled by commitment and dedication from Committee Chairs.

On his part, the Vice Chairman reiterated the commitment of the Executive to ensuring a more vibrant Council of Governors and implementation of recommendations. “The executive is keen to ensure that all committees remain active. As the Chair in charge of this committee, it will be my agenda to ensure we escalate critical issues brought to the attention of this committee to fora such as IBEC and the Summit. Further, our impetus as the executive is to ensure that we have improved intergovernmental relations with Parliament and the National Government Executive as well as other devolution stakeholders.”

To showcase what has been done thus far and the gaps in the devolved sectors, the CoG Director Committees, Mr. Kizito Wangalwa, shared a detailed presentation on the key committee issues including: review of policies, laws, regulations and institutions to align with the assignment of functions in the Constitution; financing the County functions; and service delivery in the Counties.

“Some of the key issues in the committees include the completion of the unbundling, delineation, costing, and transfer of functions; completion of the valuation and transfer of assets relating to devolved functions; and anchoring the CoG Secretariat in law,” said Director Kizito.

Following this meeting resolutions were made as follows:

1. There is a need to improve the intergovernmental relations between Parliament and CoG as well as Constitutional Commissions and independent offices;

2. There is a need for a discussion with IGRTC to understand the level of collaboration, especially with the Presidency and the CoG in terms of the Summit;

3. The 3rd generation of County Governments to focus on the unbundling and complete transfer of all County functions;

4. The CoG should review the County Boundaries Bill to address intergovernmental disputes and a formula for addressing the boundaries issue should be developed;

5. The Liaison committee will follow up with Parliament to ensure that the County Additional Allocation Bill is published and read in the 1st seating as a way of fast-tracking the Bill;

6. Constitute a round table meeting with development partners, map out what each development partner does and what projects are being undertaken in the Counties; and

7. Have a robust conversation with the National Treasury on Public Private Partnership as a mode of financing for County projects.

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