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Monday, 21 June 2021 16:58

GOVERNORS COMMIT TO PROTECT DEVOLUTION

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The Council of Governors held a physical Council of Governors (CoG) Meeting on 27th May 2021 at Tamarind Hotel, Nairobi to deliberate on pertinent issues affecting County Governments in accordance with the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012. This was the second physical meeting the Governors have held since January 2021. Several other meetings have however been held virtually. Some of the key issues discussed included: Safeguarding devolution; Disbursements of County Equitable Share of revenue; Pending Bills and the Conditional and non-conditional Grants legal framework for the Financial Year (FY) 2021/2022. Speaking during the meeting, Council of Governors Chairman, H.E Martin Wambora expressed his gratitude to fellow governors for honoring the invitation to physically attend the meeting at a time when the Country continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wish to thank you all for honoring the invitation to attend this meeting. Since we held our executive elections in January 2021, this is the second time I am chairing a physical full Council meeting”. Expressed the chairman. During the meeting, it was noted with concern the increased action of impeachment of Governors. Recently, Wajir County has been on the headlines due to the impeachment of Governor H.E Mohamed Mohamud.
However, his position, as Governor, has since been reaffirmed by the Meru Court. It was eminent that oversight bodies had lowered the threshold for the impeachment of Governors and this largely exposes the Counties to political upheavals. It was further reported that the Court of Appeal and possibly the Supreme Court will provide clarity on the threshold of impeachment of a Governor. “The said courts will also provide clarity on the attendant process of assumption of office”, said Governor Wambora during the meeting.
The meeting culminated in resolutions followed by a media press briefing by COG Chairman H.E Hon Martin Wambora. The statement addressed the issue of impeachment of Governors with the most recent being in Wajir County. He stated that, “The Council of Governors notes the orders by the Honorable High Court in Meru that re-affirmed the position of the Wajir County Governor H.E Amb. Mohamed Mohamud…the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court will provide clarity on the threshold of impeaching a Governor…and the attendant process of assumption of office”.
The Statement also addressed the issue of the delay in disbursement of the County Equitable Share for FY 2020/2021 which amounts to Ksh. 242,686,833,790.00 (inclusive of Ksh.26.9 Billion arrears for FY 19/20).
“This delay has continued to derail our response measures to the COVID 19 pandemic, payment of pending bills, and service delivery to Kenyans. As a matter of urgency, we call upon the National Treasury, to immediately release the funds to Counties”, The Chairman stated.
In conclusion, he reassured the public of the Council's commitment to safeguarding devolution.

 

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a transformative women leadership programme aimed at promoting gender equality and women empowerment. The forum, which brings together stakeholders in the gender sector, takes place in New York every year. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Council of Governors in Partnership with County Assemblies Forum (CAF) localized the CSW meeting by convening a forum dubbed 'CSW Mashinani' between 18th and 19th May 2021 at Sunshine Hotel in Kericho County. The 65th session of CSW was held under the priority theme; 'Women's full and effective participation and decision making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls.
The CSW Mashinani programme forum sought to; enhance leadership capacities and skills of women leaders at the County level through training, provide a platform to evaluate and take stock of the achievements made through the transformative leadership curriculum as well as determine mechanisms of ensuring women's continued and sustained participation and influence in various governance positions. Speaking during the event, the chief guest H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony, Governor Kericho County emphasized the need for women to take up leadership roles to ensure the advancement of this county.
“When women are empowered, the whole society is empowered,” he said. While Kenya has made tremendous progress in the number of women holding both elective and appointive leadership positions, the concept of gender parity in participation and decision-making in public life is still elusive. Lack of information on women empowerment initiatives compounded with ineffective policy development prevents women from making significant contributions to the development agenda. Further, there are glaring policy and legislative gaps that hamper women's effective participation in political spaces. Case in point, the two-thirds gender rule is not observed across all arms of government whereas sections of the Political Parties Act are yet to be implemented.
In her remarks, Kericho County Deputy Governor called for synergy on gender equality programmes aimed at empowering women at all levels of government and articulated the need to sensitize women from the counties on the National Government initiatives on women empowerment e.g. the WEF and the Affirmative Action Fund.
For women to take up and occupy leadership and decision-making positions, they need to focus on creating resourceful and strategic partnerships that will work for them. Prof. Senator Kamar– Senate Deputy Speaker urged women leaders to deliberately create coalitions and networks across the gender sector to ensure their success in politics. “As women, we have to come together. We have to focus on creating resourceful and strategic partnerships among ourselves and our male Counterparts that will work for us and benefit us, she said.
The CSW Mashinani Forum arrived at a number of resolutions. First, it was recommended that women leaders pursue elective positions as opposed to nominative positions and engage in lobbying activities for amendment of timelines contained in various elections legal frameworks. To address the issue of lack of awareness concerning women empowerment programmes, capacity building interventions should be implemented to ensure that women leaders are informed about the existing National Government programmes on women empowerment.
Gender mainstreaming has been embraced internationally as a strategy towards realizing gender equality. Women leaders in partnership with their male counterparts need to ensure gender is mainstreamed in the outputs generated including Bills, Policies, Plans and Budgets.
Women are the primary drivers of growth and economic development in society. They also play a crucial role in the achievement of the SDGs and the realization of Kenya's big four agenda. When women participate in leadership, Counties and communities tend to reposition empowerment, resource distribution and redistribution, creation and sharing of opportunities and as well as re-define power-sharing and utilization.
There is a need for collective reflection on what more can be done to ensure that all women, including those facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, can participate in decision-making.
Among other dignitaries in attendance were H.E Lily Ng'ok, Deputy Governor for Kericho County, the Senate Deputy Speaker, Prof. Sen. Margaret Kamar, the State Department of Gender Affairs, KNBS, the CoG Secretariat, County Assemblies Women Caucus, Registrar of political parties and County women leaders drawn from all the 47 counties among other key players in the Gender sector.
Among other dignitaries in attendance were H.E Lily Ng'ok, Deputy Governor for Kericho County, the Senate Deputy Speaker, Prof. Sen. Margaret Kamar, the State Department of Gender Affairs, KNBS, the CoG Secretariat, County Assemblies Women Caucus, Registrar of political parties and County women leaders drawn from all the 47 counties among other key players in the Gender sector

 

 

The Steering Committee for the 7th Annual Devolution Conference launched the 2 Million tree growing initiative on Wednesday, 12th May, 2021 at the Wote Center for People Living with Disabilities in Makueni County.
The Makueni Tree–growing exercise, led by the host Governor, H.E Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, was the third phase after similar ones were held last month in Kajiado and Machakos Counties. In his statement, H.E Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, lauded efforts by the Private Sector in helping mitigate Climate Action through various initiatives in the country and their strong partnership with both the County and National Governments.
“On behalf of the National and County Governments, I would like to thank the Private Sector for their unwavering support especially towards Climate Action and Environmental conservation. As Makueni County, we welcome this joint effort, particularly the Council of Governors who have been at the forefront in ensuring that this day is made possible for the betterment of our people,” said H.E Prof. Kivutha Kibwana.
As Kenya gears to achieve the 10% forest cover mark by 2022, Makueni County has managed to reach a staggering 13% forest cover having engaged in rigorous tree growing exercises from just planting of 5000 tree seedlings in 2019 to 40,000 tree seedlings in 2020 across the County.
Speaking during the event, Vihiga Governor, H.E Dr. Wilber Otichillo, urged fellow Governors to lobby, through the CoG, for the speedy implementation of the Clima te Change Fund and the operationalization of the National Climate Change Council. “What is remaining as a Country is to implement all remaining legal frameworks that pertain to Climate Change, beginning with the Climate Change Act which clearly states that there should be a Climate Change Fund financed by the Treasury and available to Counties and the establishment of the National Climate Change Council to be chaired by the President. So far the two are yet to be implemented since the enactment of the Climate Change Act in 2016,'' said H.E Dr. Wilber Otichillo.
On his part, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, called upon National and County Governments, all stakeholders including members of the public to visit Makueni for the 7th Annual Devolution Conference and witness what the County Government has achieved in terms of Climate Action.
“This is not a local problem but a global one, therefore we encourage everyone, starting from the top leaderships of both County and National Governments, all stakeholders including members of the community to come to Makueni and attend the conference in August. Makueni County has done a lot so far in terms of Climate Action therefore we are waiting to see what the other Counties have done as well during the Conference,” said Hon. Eugene Wamalwa. The event was also attended by Makueni Deputy Governor H.E Adelina Mwau, CAS Ministry of Devolution, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Mr. Gideon Mung'aro and PS Ministry of Devolution, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Mr. Julius Korir and PS Environment Mr. Mohammed Elmi, who also planted trees together with members of the public at the Disability center. A total of 2250 Trees were planted during the one day event.

 

Envision a breathtaking well-designed urban city with upgraded market centers, modern-day public spaces, and facilities that are both people and environmental friendly as well as profitable to the surrounding community. This is exactly what the SymbioCity Kenya project, implemented as a joint partnership between the Council of Governors and the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR), hopes to achieve. Through a holistic approach to sustainable urban development and integrating all dimensions including sociocultural and gender perspectives, the programme aims to transform urban challenges into opportunities. SymbioCity Kenya has so far implemented Pilot projects in small towns in seven counties; Kisumu, Meru, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia, Homa Bay, Kitui and Nakuru, selected through a competitive process in 2016.
The Council of Governors visited Kwa Vonza town in Kitui County to assess the Kwa Vonza market Symbiocity Change project on 12th May 2021. This project is expected to empower residents economically and give Kwa Vonza town an incredible face lift. Initially, the piece of land on which the new Kwa Vonza market currently sits was just a nonstructured space where traders would camp to make their daily sales. Arising from the need to redesign the existing market stalls according to traders' needs, a detailed physical landscape design was formulated and construction work began. To this end, clearing and fencing the site, removal of waste debris, stumps and top soil stripping on the intended site area, leveling and grading works of the site to the formation have already been done. This will help manage rainwater runoff and stormwater from the nearby hills. In addition, a drainage system has been put in place all around the market to avert any chances of flooding.
Traders have also been allocated specific spaces as well as temporary structures within the market to shelter them from harsh weather conditions. Speaking during the assessment visit by the COG, James Kamami Muoka, the chairman of the Kwa Vonza urged each trader to maintain cleanliness in their own space since environmental conservation is a personal responsibility. ''Let each trader be responsible for maintaining cleanliness in their own space,'' he said. Besides traders, the new Kwa Vonza market will also incorporate a students' center. Other aspects such as security in the market have also been addressed with solar lights being installed at strategic places.
Successful implementation of the Kwa Vonza market project requires the concerted efforts of both town and County administrators among other stakeholders. Building the capacity of urban development stakeholders in these towns and ultimately counties will enable the formulation of a holistic vision for towns based on a sound understanding for assets and challenges. A multisectoral approach is key in the realization of sustainable urban development. All actors in the urban development unit need to work in harmony to ensure that they guide the urban cities conversation in the right direction. Rather than working in silos, different sectors should join forces with meaningful participation of civil society, academia, business and other stakeholders throughout the process.
While the SymbioCity Kenya project is still underway, remarkable milestones have been made in transforming our urban cities. Application of the SymbioCity approach in urban planning, management and development in the selected urban areas in seven counties has provided useful experience and innovative solutions to other counties and stakeholders. Secondly, decision makers and staff in the seven pilot counties have acquired skills that have proven to be instrumental in matters urban development planning.
At the heart of urban development is people and their lives. Through identification of synergies between urban systems, living standards have substantially improved and the local 'mwanachi' can now enjoy a safe, comfortable and quality life. The SymbioCity Approach is a model that achieves milestones though quick wins. This can be replicated in other counties and towns. The approach can also inspire other Counties to adopt urban policies, plans and processes that will offer responsive solutions for developing cities.

 

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.

 

 

On the 12th of March 2021, KIPPRA launched its Public Policy Repository. This is a one-stop online platform where the public can access all National and County Government policy documents as well as KIPPRA’s research output.
The KIPPRA Public Policy Repository was birthed out of the need to strengthen the research-to-policy linkage while housing all policy documents dating back as far as 1963 under one roof. The content hosted in the repository will include policy papers, sessional papers, development plans, economic blueprints and master plans, presidential speeches and directives, legislation, regulations, County Government policy documents, research publications produced by KIPPRA and links to other select policy research publications. This Repository poses immense benefits to the national and county governments as well as other key stakeholders. It will complement traditional government publishing channels and enhance the visibility of government policy documents on the web to reach a wider readership via free online access.
While applauding this critical milestone by KIPPRA, the COG noted that government policies cannot be developed in isolation. If the myriad of stakeholders present at the event were anything to go by, it was clear that government policies need to be developed through consultations amongst interest groups. This will guarantee policy relevance as well as responsiveness to societal problems. Policies precede legislation. Hence, for any legislation or government action to be effective, it has to be guided by policy. The Council of Governors in its speech listed 5 key strategies which County Governments can engage to generate effective policies. Among them were recognition and alignment of County policies and laws with national norms and standards, conformity with international standards, crafting policies and laws such that they are sensitive and alive to emerging issues, anchoring policy on data and public participation.
Speaking during the event, the Chief Guest, Hon. Eric Wafukho, Chief Administrative Secretary, The National Treasury and Planning, lauded KIPPRA for the great contributions it had made to the achievement of the national development agenda by enhancing capacities for policy formulation, implementation and evaluation within National and County Governments. Further, he recognized the newly launched Public Policy Repository to make Government policy documents readily available to all stakeholders as a step in the right direction.
The Council of Governors in its remarks noted that it appreciates KIPPRA’s role in the development of the County Social Economic Re-engineering and Recovery Strategy and called upon all stakeholders to work together with the two levels of government in the post-covid recovery process for the betterment of all Kenyans. “At both levels of Government, let us continue to build the capacity of policymakers so that both the National Government and County Governments design policies and laws that ultimately lead to the socio-economic development of all communities in Kenya,” said Ms. Rosemary Njaramba, who was representing the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Governors.
The event was also graced by KIPPRA board members, Micro and Small Enterprises Authority CEO, Mr. Henry Rithaa; African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Executive Director, Prof Njuguna Ndung’u; and the alumni of the KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs), among others.

 

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 12:54

COG, MOH AND NACC ROUNDTABLE MEETING

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The Council of Governors held a three-day joint meeting from 23rd February 2021 with County Executive Officers for health, Ministry of Health and the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) to discuss the status of the HIV/AIDs program implementation in the counties.
During the meeting, an analysis of the status of the HIV/AIDS program in the counties was presented and it revealed major gaps in the roll-out of the program. Prevalence estimates by counties indicated the geographical variability of the HIV burden across the country — ranging from a low of 2.0% to a high of 27.1%. Based on these estimates, 10 counties were identified as those with the highest prevalence accounting for about 65% of the HIV burden. This therefore meant that there is critical need to take into account these variations when developing interventions to ensure they are targeted, relevant and suitable for each county. Further, stakeholders should leverage on existing resources while engaging in resource mobilization activities to ensure that no county is left behind in curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS. The second hurdle faced in the program implementation is the supply and accessibility of commodities for HIV drugs. Out of the 1.2 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, a good number of them still lack access to antiretroviral drugs. County Governments need to enforce tighter measures to ascertain that there is an adequate supply of the drugs. One of these measures is coming up with policies or legislation that can guide the distribution modalities of antiretroviral drugs to avert the shortage in the counties.
On partnerships, devolved units can widen their resource pool by seeking partners for the HIV/AIDs program. These partners can also offer useful insights on how to utilise partner resources and non-budgeted funds according to county needs. In addition, counties should not tire from advocating for increased local funding for healthcare to support donor efforts. County Governments should ensure more rigorous advocacy efforts have been put in place.
Counties have demonstrated great commitment to providing an enabling legal, social and policy environment to facilitate the implementation of the HIV/AIDS program. Adopting a strategic multi-sectoral approach and actively involving all stakeholders in the health conversation, will not only improve counties’ HIV/AIDs response and prevention mechanisms but also enhance the delivery of health services to the ‘mwananchi’ at the grassroots.
The meeting also discussed the Managed Equipment Services (MES) program which seeks to equip hospitals with state-of-the-art medical equipment and ultimately, improve the quality of healthcare services. A select team consisting of National and County Government officials is expected to conduct an assessment of the MES program. All CECs were therefore encouraged to provide all the relevant information to the team which would be visiting individual member Counties for the overall review of the program.

The three days meeting ended with the County Executive Committee Members of health Caucus electing a new leadership to replace the old guard. The new leadership of the County Executive Committee members of health elected. Dr. Joseph Mbai of Murang’a County was elected as the new chair, deputised by Prof. Richard Muga of Homa Bay County. Ms. Clare Wanyama of Trans Nzoia County was elected as the Secretary General, while Dr. Mahamud Edda of Mandera County took up the Vice Secretary’s position and Dr. Lenai Kamario from Laikipia County assumed the treasurer's position.

 

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 12:50

THE FIRST COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS MEETING

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The new leadership team under H.E Martin Wambora convened its first Council Meeting since their election on 29th January 2021. Under Section 20 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act, the Council of Governors is mandated to among other things focus on discussing matters of common interest among County Governments. During the first meeting the Council discussed the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, the challenge of non-release of counties’ equitable share which is now overdue by three months (no county government has received equitable share for January, February and March), failure by the National Treasury to remit funds already approved and provided for in the County Allocation of Revenue Act, 2019 and the proposed new program of Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project II, among others.
The arrival of the much anticipated COVID-19 vaccine in the country elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans. For some, it was a glimmer of hope while for others, the vaccine was shrouded in controversy and could not be trusted. Concerns were raised on the counties’ level of preparedness to administer the jab bearing in mind that the National Government had already begun the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout within the counties. At the end of the meeting it was resolved that the National Treasury needs to release the three months equitable share, that the Council shall engage in a structured resource mobilization that ensures all the 47 counties are covered, and that there is need for prompt training and capacity building for healthcare workers.
Health Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, who attended the Council meeting as an invited guest and later jointly with the COG Chair, H.E Martin Wambora addressed the media, stated that healthcare systems at the counties were close to being overrun with ICU beds in Nairobi County already at full capacity. The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Council of Governors promised to review the pre-existing protocols to contain the current wave of COVID-19. The Council through its chairman H.E Wambora, urged all Kenyans to exercise extra caution as a lapse in judgement could be disastrous. Further, the Chairman called upon the president to impose a 30-day ban on all political gatherings, noting that such meetings have now become the ‘super-spreaders’ of COVID-19. “Heightened political activity, if left unchecked, could burden the already struggling health care system,” he noted.
The meeting also discussed the timely release of counties’ equitable share as it is crucial to the smooth running of county operations. Governors voiced their discontentment with the National Treasury attributing the disruptions in service delivery at the counties to debts owed by the Exchequer dating back to as far as November 2020. The Council set up an adhoc committee of H.E Nderitu Muriithi chairman of the Finance Committee, H.E Mwangi wa Iria, H.E Alex Tolgos whip, H.E Anne Waiguru chairperson of Gender Committee and H.E Kahiga Mutahi chairman of Education Committee resolved to engage the National Treasury to establish the best way to resolve the cash crunch. The meeting also discussed the disbursement of funds for the Kenya Urban Support Programme and the Kenya Devolution Support Programme. These programmes are instrumental in counties’ development and strengthening of the institutional frameworks and thus a top priority.
At the joint press conference jointly with the CS Hon Mutahi Kagwe, the chairman of the council noted that in the wake of the third wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, all Kenyans have to take personal responsibility and exercise vigilance in observing the COVID-19 protocols and reiterated the County Governments’ commitment to flattening the curve and championing for the cause of devolution.

County Governments want inclusion in the technical team developing the National Land Information Systems NLIS. The Chairperson of the Urban Development, Housing, and Planning, Energy, Infrastructure and Lands committee at the Council of Governors H.E Lee Kinyanjui said the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning should fast track the registration process so that all Public Land belonging to County Governments are registered under the devolved units. He proposed a team from the Council of Governors to be incorporated in the technical team developing the National Land Information Systems and registration process.
H.E Kinyanjui said this will ensure the County Governments' concerns are addressed and leases for all Public Land belonging to the County Governments have County Governments as the lessors and rent paid to the County Governments.
“I would like to call upon the CS Lands to speed up this process, because we need to know all details to enable the recovery of all public land within our counties that have been grabbed. I also suggest a team representing the counties to be incorporated so as to ensure fairness in addressing our issues”, he said.
H.E Kinyanjui was speaking during a high level consultative meeting held at a Nairobi hotel that brought together representatives from the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, the European Union, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Council of Governors. The meeting explored the way forward on the Implementation of the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS) in Counties.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman Council of Governors, H.E Martin Wambora welcomed the initiative saying it will enhance transparency in land records, streamline land management issues by offering a single window to handle land records, maintenance and update of maps, survey and registration of property.
“On behalf of counties I welcome this initiative by the ministry to digitize all land records in the Country and modernize the land management system so as to avoid the perennial complaints about land documents going missing at the Ministry, “said H.E Wambora.
The NLIMs is a culmination of several unsuccessful attempts to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in land transactions that began in 2002.
Also present at the meeting were the Vice Chair H.E James Ongwae, CS Lands and Physical Planning Ms.Faridah Karoney, PSs Mr. Enoch Onyango and Dr. Nicholas Muranguri and CAS Hon. Alex Mburi .
CS Lands and Physical Planning Ms. Faridah Karoney, said the NLIMS comprises of sub-systems that would support all processes usually encountered in land administration and management including but not limited to guaranteeing land tenure rights, documenting responsibilities, restrictions and risks, valuation and taxation, property registration and land use regulation in relation to a particular parcel of land (plot).
“I believe that this system coupled with the lessons learnt from Nairobi County Government on the digitization process should inform the roll out of the system to other 46 Counties”, she said The meeting comes after a subsequent one by the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning and County Executive Committee Members (CECMs) In charge of Lands and Physical Planning and the County Directors In charge of Physical and Land Use Planning.

County Governments are expected to get Sh370 Billion in this year's budget, an increase from Sh316.5 Billion they were allocated in the 2020/2021 financial year. This is after an adjustment of revenue growth amounting to Ksh53.5Billion as follows; Ksh 36 Billion from revenue growth and Conversion of four Conditional Grants amounting to Ksh 17 Billion, that is, Ksh 4.32Billion Conditional allocation for Level 5 Hospitals, Ksh. 0.9 Billion Compensation for User fees foregone, Ksh 2.0 Billion Rehabilitation of Youths Polytechnic and Ksh. 9.8 Billion Road Maintenance Levy Fund.
This was resolved during the 14th Ordinary Session of Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) meeting held on Wednesday 10th February 2021, chaired by Deputy President H.E Dr. William Samoei Ruto, and attended by Amb. Ukurn Yattani, Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury and Planning, Charles Sunkuli,Principal Secretary Ministry of Devolution and ASALs,Chairperson, Commission on Revenue Allocation,Dr. Jane Kiringai and the Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang'o. aslo in attendance was the chairperson Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Representatives from Ministry of Education, Council of Governors led by H.E Ndiritu Muriithi, Chairman, Finance Planning and Economic Affairs committee, H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony, H.E Prof. Anyang' Ny'ongo, County Executive Committee Members of Finance among others.
Counties will also be at liberty to borrow up to Ksh60 Billion to bridge the shortfall in development expenditure in the current budget, in light of the resolution made during the IBEC meeting.
The increment was as a result of the Presidential pledge to allocate County Governments an additional Ksh 53.5 Billion for the FY 2021/2022 during a meeting held at State House on 15th September 2020 and the Senate resolution on the Third Basis for allocation among the counties on the share of national revenue that is annually allocated to the county level of government for the financial years 2020/2021 to 2024/2025.
The additional funding shall ensure no county shall receive in any financial year, an amount of shareable revenue that is less than the amount of shareable revenue received by the county in the financial year 2019/2020.” stated the Senate Resolution. The increase in allocation to County Governments is expected to improve development at the County Level.

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