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FIFTH ANNUAL DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE: WAY FORWARD AS DEVOLUTION TAKES ITS SECOND PHASE

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The Devolution Conference has without doubt become the biggest and most sort after event in Kenya’s Devolution calendar of Events. For five consecutive years the Council of Governors and its partners from the National Government, County Governments, the Senate, private sector academia as well as civil society have organized and successfully held the Devolution Conference.
This year, April 23rd to 27th, all devolution stakeholders came together at Kakamega High school in Kakamega County for what has been described as a record breaking Fifth Annual Devolution Conference. Over Forty Senators we present at the devolution conference compared to the Fourth Conference held in Nakuru County That saw only two senators participate, a clear indication of improved Intergovernmental relations which are the right recipe for sustainable development in the Country. The Conference that saw more than 6,000 delegates gather in one voice was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Kenya H.E Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta.
“Eight years ago, when we ushered in our new constitutional dispensation, few could have imagined that we would be where we are today, all of you in this beautiful County of Kakamega, celebrating five transformative years of devolution,” said the President.
The Conference, under the theme - Sustainable, productive, effective and efficient governments for results delivery, featured the President’s Big four agenda that has laid huge concentration in four key sectors i.e. Health; Infrastructure, Energy, Urban Development, Land and Housing; Agriculture; and Trade and manufacturing.
“I, therefore, stand here today not only to ask for your support but to convince you that working with the National Government to deliver on the “Big Four” Agenda will be beneficial for each one of you as individual Governors, and for the people whom you represent, both in the near and long term. After all, when I read your manifestos, I saw plans that were not too different from the Big Four. Let us work together, then, to serve the Kenyans whose hopes we were elected to accomplish,” added H.E. Uhuru.
The 3 day Conference presented an opportune moment for stakeholders to chart a way forward, a way that presents the devolved units with an opportunity to grow trade among themselves and with other Countries, improve health care through universal heath as well as present opportunities for manufacturing at the County Level.
Kenya’s devolved system has come of age, eight years since the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, County Governments have outdone themselves with the growth of the Health Sector, Agriculture, as well as the education front. It’s at the Devolution Conference that County Governments get the opportunity to share their good practices in different devolved functions. Other Counties get the opportunity to learn and replicate such practices instead of re-inventing the wheel.
Kakamega County played a great host for the Conference that also saw a curtain raiser football match, “The Devolution Cup”. The three friendly matches saw the Senate win against the Governors beating them 5-0. In a separate match, the County Assemblies Forum beat the CSs and PSs of the Ministries under the Big Four Agenda. The two winners played in the final match that saw the County Assemblies Forum thrash the Senate one goal to none. The tournament was organized by the planning committee to build cohesiveness between different arms and levels of Government.
Other guests at the event was the Rt. Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga who gave a keynote address on the second day of the conference emphasizing on entrenchment of devolution especially in Government programs. The Deputy President of Kenya, HE Willam Ruto closed the event.

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