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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 15:27

Counties to host water congress meeting

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‘Counties are very passionate about water and the issues around the sector ’, H.E Samuel Ole Tunai, Chair Tourism, Water and Natural Resources Management Committee.
The Tourism, Water and Natural Resources Management Committee led by the Committee Chair, H.E Samuel Ole Tunai held a meeting on the 18th March 2019, together with Development Partners supporting the sector to discuss issues of common interest.
Among the key issues that were raised was the Water Sector Congress as recommended in the joint communique of the 6th Annual Devolution Conference. Development partners sought to know how they could support the meeting. The meeting equally discussed the operalization of the Intergovernmental framework of the water sector between the National Government and County Governments and how counties can implement the National Water Policy.
Speaking during the meeting, H.E. Samuel Ole Tunai, the Committee Chair indicated that, “County Governments are very passionate about water and issues around the sector, and they want all the functions to be unbundled so that all stakeholders are clear about their roles.” He further added that, “Counties are working hard towards ensuring that access to water becomes a reality for all Kenyans across all parts of the Country.” Governor Tunai also noted that the Water Sector Congress will take place in mid-May 2019. He encouraged the partners to offer their support, especially to the realization of hosting the meeting so that all players are brought together to forge a way forward in the sector.
Also contributing to the discussions was the Barbara Kazimbaya, the Africa Coordinator Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Finance who indicated that, “As Development Partners, we are willing to support the process and preparation of the Water Congress, this is because the forum will allow all stakeholders to forge a way forward on how to improve the water sector.”
Arising from these discussions, technical team from the Council of Governors will organize an intergovernmental planning committee that will execute the Water Congress. Further, the team will also develop a concept note with clear objectives that will guide the agenda of the meeting.

For more information about the preparations of the Water Sector Congress, contact the technical team through Brian Muthoka on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Friday, 15 February 2019 05:39

COURTESY CALL TO SPEAKER OF THE SENATE

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As the conference draws nearer partners are individually making preparations and working together to synchronize all efforts to ensure that they deliver a conference whose standards measure up to international standards. The 6th Annual Devolution Conference Steering committee on 13th February 2019 paid a courtesy call to the speaker of the Senate Rtd. Kenneth Lusaka and subsequently held the Steering meeting at the Senate of Kenya. The meeting which was co-chaired by the Vice- Chairman of the Council of Governors H.E. Mwangi Wa Iria and the Speaker of the Senate Rtd. Kenneth Lusaka sort out to review the progress made by the multi agency planning committee. While addressing the gathering Rtd Hon Lusaka reiterated the Senate’s commitment to the successful execution of the upcoming 6th Annual Devolution Conference. “I welcome you devolution family to Senate and look forward to successfully executing the 6th Devolution Conference as we have done time and time again” said Rtd Hon Lusaka in his opening remarks. “In the spirit of collaboration and coordination we decided to hold this weeks meeting here at the senate so that we can brief the speaker of the journey so far and work together in ensuring that the pending activities are completed in good time,” said H.E Mwangi Wa Iria

The meeting reviewed the proposed program to ascertain that all relevant implementing partners of devolution in the country were part of the program to ensure the inclusivity of the conference.

Office of the president representative Peter Wanjohi, commended the multi-agency planning committee’s efforts in producing an all- inclusive program tackling current issues in devolution. He gave input to the technical team, which was incorporated to the satisfaction and approval of the steering committee. After consultations, the meeting also approved the inclusion of a water and sanitation break out session and a National citizen perception survey on Devolution breakout session to address arising matters relating to water and public participation.

On 6th February 2019, the steering committee embarked on a recce visit to Kirinyaga County to see first hand the progress made in preparation to host the annual event. The committee reported that Kirinyaga County is working tirelessly to ensure that they are adequately prepared to host the expected 6000 delegates including road expansions and street lighting.

Also in attendance were Devolution implementing partners who are; Ministry of Devolution and ASALs (MODA), Government Reception Office (GRO), State functions and the County Assemblies Forum. Laikipia County Senator John Kinyua, Muranga County Senate Irungu Kangata, and nominated Senator Rose Nyamunga were also presented.

The 11th session of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council held on 29th January 2019 chaired by the Deputy President H.E. William Ruto gave the opportunity to County Governments to advocate for increased budgetary allocation by the National Government. Further, they deliberated on ways to own source revenue generation and the pending bills among other critical issues. The Deputy President while opening the 11th session of IBEC, congratulated the new CoG leadership and called for cordial working relations with National Government to ensure that services are delivered to all Kenyans.

While addressing the meeting, the Chairman Council of Governors, H.E. Wycliffe Oparanya noted that a reduction of County equitable share for the FY 2018/19 by a tune of Kshs. 9.04bn will have serious implications on essential service delivery in the Counties. Further, he noted that monies had already been budgeted and expensed.

In the same meeting, Cabinet Secretary National Treasury Mr. Henry Rotich noted that the Own Source Revenue Policy had been approved by Cabinet. “The policy is now at the Government printers and will be ready for Circulation. While the Bill is in parliament for consideration,” he said. The Council of Governors will give feedback on the bill on some outstanding issues that need clarity.

The long standing matter on privatisation of sugar was part of the agenda, The Deputy President directed the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that once the issue of verification of farmers is complete that the 1.9B owed to farmers be paid. Prof. Nyongo, Governor Kisumu County called upon government to direct factories once bailed out to pay the farmers who have delivered cane rather than meeting other obligations. H.E. William Ruto therefore equally directed farmers to stop delivering cane to factories that are not able to honour their end of the bargain.

The Council of Governors, office of the Controller of Budgets and the Commission on Revenue Allocation will further meet to deliberate upon the revenue forecasting base for the FY 2018/19 and the Revenue sharing formula for the FY 2019/20.

The Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) meeting is chaired by the Deputy President of Kenya, H.E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto. The members include the County governments led by the Chairperson CoG H.E Wycliffe Oparanya, the National treasury represented by CS. Henry Rotich, CS Ministry Devolution and ASAL areas represented b, Controller of budgets Mrs. Agnes Odhiambo, Chair of the Commission on Revenue Allocation Mrs. Jane Kiringai. County Executive Committee members for Finance from the various Counties were also represented in the meeting.

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:15

New leadership at the Council of Governors

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“As I take up the mantle of the Council, I have prioritized a number of sticking issues that in consultation with my colleagues I will spend time, energy and commitment to realize and actualize the purpose for which the Council was formed,”- H.E Wycliffe Oparanya. The law stipulates that the Council of Governors shall hold its executive elections annually. The on 14th January 2019, Excellency Governors held their first Council meeting for the year, where they also had an opportunity of electing new executive committee members.
H.E. Wycliffe Oparanya, Governor, Kakamega County Governor took over from his Turkana Counterpart, H.E. Josphat Nanok as the fourth Chairman of COG, while Murang’a County Governor H.E. Mwangi Wa Iria succeeded Kirinyaga County Governor H.E. Anne Waiguru as Vice Chairman. Makueni Governor H.E. Prof. Kivutha Kibwana took over from Marsabit Governor H.E. Mohamud Mohamed as the chief whip.
In his maiden speech as the Chair, H.E. Oparanya took time to highlight his priority areas during his tenure. Key in his to do list included strengthening of the Devolution and push for timely disbursement of funds to the Counties, an issue that has been emotive and has strained development in the devolved units. “As I take up the mantle of the Council, I have prioritized a number of sticking issues that in consultation with my colleagues I will spend time, energy and commitment to realize and actualize the purpose for which the Council was formed,” said the Chairman.
“I will make sure that during my tenure as the chairman, to focus on: Strengthening Devolution through collaboration, consultation and cooperation. It may require that we engage the National Government, partners and citizens to realize the objects of Devolution; timely disbursement of funds to the Counties; Strengthening the Council of Governors Secretariat as a delivery vehicle of the objectives and reshaping the Referendum National agenda in the context of Devolution. The Council will purposely endeavor to drive the referendum discussion by engaging stakeholders,” he added.
The immediate former Chairman H.E Josphat Nanok took time to congratulate his successor, H.E Oparanya as he took up the mantle to steer the 47 Governors towards a new damn in the second phase of devolution in Kenya. The emeritus also highlighted the pending issues at the Council urging the incoming Chairman and the elected executive committee to take time and keen interest to steer towards their realization. Key in the issues include the anchoring of the Council of Governors secretariat into law. “Of key importance is ensuring that our secretariat is anchored in law. Being the technical arm of the Council, the secretariat is key in the execution of our mandate,” said H.E Nanok.
During the Council of Governors meeting, the Governors also restructured the technical committees. The Council of Governors since inception worked through 18 technical committees, the Council now has 12 technical committees each chaired by a Governors.
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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 09:11

NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE

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The National Anti-Corruption conference held on 24th -25th January 2019 at the Bomas of Kenya convened stakeholders to reflect upon and come up with a strategic and sustainable movement against corruption in Kenya.

Speaking at the conference President Uhuru Kenyatta cited that the conference was a very important platform that would allow all involved an opportunity to conduct a full and frank self-examination of the extent to which each and everyone present has either helped or hindered the fight against all forms of corruption in Kenya. “We are gathered here to conduct a peer review of the actions of other stakeholders and players in the anti-corruption war, we are all being held to account for our actions and track-record in this most important of national endeavor, the War Against Corruption and Impunity,” he said.

The Multi-sectoral Initiative, which was launched on 17th August 2018, is a platform for engagement with leaders from various sectors of society around a unified and well-coordinated multi-sectoral approach to national development and achievement of the Vision 2030 based on a diverse and inclusive partnership model. It draws its sectoral representation from the Private Sector; Religious Community; Media; Professionals; Youth; Women; Trade Unions; Civil Society; Academia; Development Partners and the two levels of Government.

In his address, H.E. Kivutha Kibwana emphasized the County Governments commitment in the fight against corruption. On behalf of county governments he committed that counties will Strengthen ICT and connectivity to minimize e-procurement issues in the remaining 33 counties, which has led to delays in the procurements process by June 2019. In addition he committed to rolling out automated revenue collection in more counties to remove the temptation of corruption through manual revenue collection and harmonizing the salary structures of the 3 levels of county staff, seconded, local authorities and county staff as these discrepancies contribute to corruption.

Citizens attending the conference compiled a list of Demands for various government bodies to ensure accountability and ease of follow up. Some of the County Governments demands included:
That all County Governments must strictly use e-procurement that follows the Procurement Law;
That all County projects to have multi-sectoral citizen oversight committees to represent public stakeholder interest to ensure public participation during implementation;
That all revenue collection must be E-revenue and no manual collection of funds; ensure strict funding of projects and programmes that are in the respective approved plans i.e. the CIDP and MTP3;
Strictly enforce spending as per the approved budget by respective county assembly;
That the Controller of the Budget and Auditor General to enforce fully the constitutional requirements and Public Finance Act in all matters of county financial management; and That before any new hiring, ensure the role is not being done by anyone else including secondment from National Government.

Tuesday, 05 February 2019 09:00

HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING

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As the first order of business, the newly elected executive met with the National Treasury, Controller of Budget and Commission of Revenue Allocation to officially introduce the executive and discuss recurring issues.

The Council of Governors being a major player in devolution, there is an urgent need for the National Treasury to present before the Council of Governors the Own Source Revenue Bill and Policy in the next Council meeting for Governors to give their input and seek clarifications. Further, a meeting with the National Assembly to ensure that the Council’s issues are considered in the County Government (revenue raising) Bill was recommended.

Disbursement to the County Governments is a very emotive issue. County Governments continue to go through a hard time in footing their bills and deliver their mandate to their people due to irregular disbursement of money from the National Governments. In view of this, the Council of Governors, as an umbrella body of the 47 County Governments was tasked with organizing and mobilizing for a consultative intergovernmental meeting between Henry Rotich Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury, Agnes Odhiambo Controller of Budget, the Council’s Executive including the Chair of the Finance Committee to discuss issues of Disbursement of funds to counties, pensions for both Governors and County employees among other issues on the agenda.

Following recent media reports, the Executive, in a separate meeting, also met with Controller of Budget (CoB) Ms. Agnes Odhiambo to discuss the recently released CoB report. Media has misreported the COB report since its release. An intervention by the media owners and the editors is highly recommended at this point. Moreover, the CoB committed to issue a statement and clarify the position on the CoB report. In conclusion, the CoB was requested to prepare a presentation on the requisition Circular to be presented to Excellency Governors during the next Council meeting.

From the meeting with the Chairperson of the CRA Jane Kiringai, the executive resolved to hold a meeting with CRA, with all Governors to discuss the vertical sharing of revenue and the draft third County Revenue Sharing Formula.

It is said that failure to plan is planning to fail. True to the executives promise to lead a robustly energetic and proactive Council, a meeting with the management committee which compromises of all committee Chairs was convened to brainstorm on the way forward for the different committees and the running of the Council secretariat.

Starting his administration with unity of purpose, unity of effort and unity in spirit, H.E. Oparanya chaired the meeting where they agreed on the urgent need to lobby for the entrenchment of the Council secretariat in law and the need for the Executive to make a courtesy call to the president to officially introduce the Executive and discuss how counties can ensure implementation of the big 4 agenda, nurses strike, Pension of Governors and County employees.

The Council of Governors and the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs on Monday 28th January signed an Intergovernmental Framework that will provide a mechanism for consultations and cooperation between the National and county government on gender matters.

Speaking at the function, HE Prof. Paul Chepkwony said that the joint gender sector framework will fill the gap that has existing since the inception of devolution especially in addressing issues in gender and gender mainstreaming. “The joint gender sector inter-governmental framework under discussions today has been the missing link in coordinating the gender function between the two levels of government, and by extension between our governments and other actors including development partners, private and non-state actors,” he said.

Through a mutual agreement by the two levels of government, the coordination framework was adopted, endorsed and signed by H.E. Prof Paul Chepkwony, Council of Governors Chair Gender, Youth, Sports committee and Prof Margaret Kobia Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs during an Intergovernmental Forum for the Gender sector at Safari Park Hotel.

The 2010 Constitution of Kenya has rested the duty of realizing gender equality in Kenya on all arms of government at national and county levels. The same Constitution has provided citizens with a framework for demanding and holding the two levels of government accountable on all matters of equality, inclusion and empowerment. For these reasons, the county and national machineries for gender and women empowerment must cooperate, consult, forge partnerships and work together for Kenya to achieve the gender equality targets set in various national, regional and international commitments. The Intergovernmental forum facilitates for this.

“The bar for gender equality and women empowerment is high and pre-determined. There is a huge demand from our citizens to fulfill gender equality commitments,” said CS Kobia. “Through this framework we have an opportunity to synergize and craft innovative interventions to achieve Kenya’s goal for Gender Equality and Women empowerment,” she added.

The Kericho County boss further reiterated County Governments support for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) and their readiness to work together Since Devolution, County Governments have achieved a lot in regards to GEWE.

H.E. Chepkwony further added that County Governments resolve to support GEWE and their readiness to work together with the National Government for Kenya to achieve the gender equality targets set in various national, regional and international commitments including the Sustainable Development Goal number 5, African Union agenda 2063, Our vision 2030, social pillar related goals, The Big 4 agenda and the 2018-2023 County Integrated Development Plans, just to mention a few.

“Despite this serious limitation, coupled with low vertical resource allocation by the national government, I am proud to note that the County Governments have over the last 6 years invested in diverse youth and women-based programs which directly promote wellbeing and empowerment of women and girls,” he said in conclusion.

The development of the intergovernmental framework for the Gender sector begun in June 2017 during the Intergovernmental forum convened at Enashipai Hotel, Naivasha. During this forum, the State Department of Gender Affairs (SDGA) and the Gender County Executives Committee (CECs) members deliberated on a draft framework, which was then left with COG and SDGA to review.

Present in the meeting included Dr. Joan Mwende Gender sector Caucus Chair, Gender CECs, Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rachael Shebesh, Principal Secretary Safina Kwekwe Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs among others.

The Council of Governors Tourism Water Forestry and Mining committee in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Davis & Shirtliff held the second County Executive Committee Members (CECM) Caucus quarterly meeting on 16th-18th January 2019 at Panari Resort, Nyahururu to track the progress of implementation of resolutions from the First CECs Quarterly meeting held April 2018. The theme of the meeting was; Progressive Realisation of Devolved Functions under Water, Environment and Forestry.
In his official opening remarks, H.E Ndiritu Muriithi, Governor Laikipia County who was representing the outgoing Committee Chair H.E Kiraitu Murungi stated that the meeting was indeed a landmark activity. He went on to say, “In the realization of the Big 4 Agenda, water remains to be a key enabler and counties are looking forward to the implementation of the resolutions from the meeting
Also speaking during the opening session, the Chief Guest, Simon Chelugui, the Cabinet Secretary Water and Sanitation stated, “The meeting was timely as the ministry also needed to update the caucus on the progress it has made in the water sector as well as highlight challenges.” He added, “Counties have appreciated and implemented the Ministry’s advisories and guidance on issues of governance in the water services providers.” He also expressed his gratitude to the outgoing Chair, H.E Kiraitu Murungi for the continued cooperation in assisting Counties to understand the Ministry’s oversight role in ensuring equitable distribution of water services in the Country.
Present in the meeting were; a representative of Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Forestry, CEOs of SAGAs, CECMs amongst other sector stakeholders.
Some of the key resolutions from the meeting include; the need to Fast track the operationalization of the County Environment Committees, Training and Gazettement of County officials as Environmental inspectors, Enforcement of Ban on plastics, Curriculum Development on Environment, Capacity Building County Governments officials on Climate Change, Mobilization of Climate Change Funding, Implementation of the National Climate change action plans 2018-2022.
Further, the need to Fast track the signing and operationalization of the Transition implementation Plans (TIPs), Operationalization of the signed Inter-governmental frameworks in the sector, Capacity building County governments to effectively monitor and enforce the regulations under EMCA was also agreed upon.
All stakeholders were urged to follow up and implement the resolutions agreed on. The meeting ended with a tree planting session within the hotel grounds.

Safaricom PLC is the platinum sponsor for the 6th Annual Devolution Conference to be held in Kirinyaga University in Kirinyaga County.
On 21st January 2019, H.E Wycliffe Oparanya, Chairman of the Council of Governors and H.E Mwangi wa Iria received a cheque from Dr. Rita Okuthe, Chief Enterprise, Business, Safaricom PLC after a Private Sector Roundtable meeting held earlier on that day. Also present was Hon. Sen. John Kinyua and Hon. Sen. Irungu Kang’ata representing the Senate. Speaking during the media brief, Dr. Rita started congratulated the incoming COG leadership for their election into the COG executive committee stating that the private sector looks forward to working with them during the 6th Annual Devolution Conference.
“For a company like ours whose main focus is technology, our partnership with the County Governments can play a big role in ensuring sustainable, productive, effective and efficient governments for results delivery. That is why we are honored to work together with the Council of Governors for the Devolution conference where we can have further discussions on the role the private sector can play in ensuring Devolution is a success”, Ms. Okuthe said.

H.E Mwangi Wa Iria reiterated that this year’s conference will not be about talks but will be a conference for Kenyans. “Devolution is a way of life that we must embrace. It has and will continue to improve people’s lives.” Said the New Council of Governors Vice Chairman.

This is the second year in a row Safaricom have taken up the platinum sponsorship with a tune of 1o Million Kenyan Shillings and will work closely to make the conference a success.

“The Devolution Conference will be an ideal forum for Development Partners and the Private Sector to scope for opportunities that will assist them achieve their programmatic, development and investment goals.” H.E Mwangi Wa Iria
The Vice Chair of the Council of Governors, H.E Mwangi Wa Iria, on 21st January 2019 led the resource mobilization sub-committee of the 6th Annual Devolution Conference in seeking partnerships and support for the upcoming conference from that will be held in March 2019 in Kirinyaga County the members of the Private Sector and Development partners.
Speaking during the meeting, he noted the 6th Annual Devolution Conference has unique structures and objectives that are aligned to the Big Four Agenda which define the priority of the Government of Kenya and offers immense opportunity for collaboration between the two levels of Government in accelerating service delivery, catalysing local economic growth and creating employment opportunities for women and youth in the counties.
He added that, the conference is a key milestone in the history of Devolution as counties are keen to measure the progress made so far in service delivery to citizens and establishing the basic infrastructure, institutions and systems for facilitating efficiency in the counties. “The Conference will not be a talk show, it’s about seeing measurable and tangible results of activities and projects happening in the counties.” He said.
In lieu of the importance and impact previous Devolution Conferences have had, he appealed to the Development Partners and the Private Sector to support this year’s Devolution Conference as the forum will be an ideal opportunity for partners to scope for opportunities that will assist them achieve their programmatic, development and investment goals.
The institutions were encouraged to interact with the sector leads to look at the areas of interest that their institutions would be keen in partnering in. Among the institutions that were present from the meeting, some were able to pledge support in the upcoming conference and the rest were encouraged to firm up their commitment as soon as possible as the conference dates were nearing.

For more information on how to partner with us please visit www.devolutionconference.cog.go.ke or Call: Eunice Fedha on 0721 767119

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Taita Taveta farmers have been urged to revive cooperatives to ensure that they benefit from their farm produce. Speaking during an awareness creation meeting on weights and measures with Challa and Njukini farmers in Taveta Sub County, the County...

The Grand Return of Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o

Residents of the lakeside city of Kisumu turned out in their droves to accord their beloved Governor a grand reception at the Kisumu International Airport following his brief absence from his home county of Kisumu as he had gone for three months...

The Gura Hydro Power Project

Governor Mutahi Kahiga on 14th February visited the Gura Hydro Power Project in Othaya. The mega project that is worth 1.7 billion shillings is saving tea farmers 30-40 million shillings which is spent annually on power bills. The Gura Hydro Power...

Wajir County Rapid Immunization Programme

H.E AMB. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud Presided over the launch of 100 days of Rapid Results initiative on immunization at Wajir Afya House.RRI was launched on 27th June 2018 by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the President Flagged off cold chain...

Wajir County to partner with National Government

H.E Amb. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud led Wajir County leadership in paying a courtesy call to Deputy President H.E William Samoe Ruto at his Karen residence. They deliberated on ways to partner with the national government in terms of developing the...

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