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“Devolution is not about County Governments, it is about improving livelihoods of the people of Kenya.” H.E Mwangi Wa Iria – Vice Chairman, Council of Governors.
The resource mobilization sub-committee led by H.E Mwangi Wa Iria, on 17th January held a Round Table meeting with Philanthropists and Civil Society Organizations to discuss partnership opportunities for the 6th Annual Devolution Conference that will be held on 4th – 8th March 2018 in Kirinyaga County and the approach that the conference will take.
In his opening remarks, the new Vice Chair of the Council of Governors, H.E Mwangi Wa Iria who takes over as the new co-chair for the Devolution Conference Steering Committee from H.E Anne Waiguru noted, “ The Conference brings together stakeholders from various spheres to discuss how the Big Four pillars can be implemented at the County level”. He emphasized on the relevance of the theme: Deliver, Transform, Measure. Remaining Accountable,” especially being one year after the Big 4 was introduced. He invites all the organizations to partner in the planning process for the success of the Conference.
Also in the meeting, Dr. Manu Chandaria, the Chairman of Chandaria Foundation cited that devolution should be a a solution to making lives better for the people of Kenya. “Devolution should be about giving, not taking. Giving better services to the Kenyans we serve, giving specialized attention in the various sectors we engage in and ensuring that the needy are attended to,” he stated. He added urging the organizations to look at how they put together their influence at the County Level. He also committed that his institution would offer support towards the success of the upcoming conference.
Institutions in the meeting also had an opportunity to interact with the sector leads to look at the areas of interest that their institutions would be keen in partnering in.
For more information on how to partner with us or registration please visit Or Call: Eunice Fedha on 0721 767119

Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:00

New staff

New team joining the secretariat

fatmah1Fatumazahra Hussein, Finance Officer

Fatumazahra holds the position of Finance Officer at the Council on secondment from the County Government of Garissa.

She is an accomplished and vastly experienced Certified Financial Accountant with a career spanning over nine years managing  finance and accounting .

She has ample  career experience having worked with a  number of recognized institutions including the County Government of Garissa, Ernst and Young and First Community Bank. She has a Masters of Science in Finance and Investment from the Kenya Methodist University and a degree in from the University of Nairobi.


barbBarbara Wanjiku Gitonga, Project Co-ordinator

Barbara is the Project Accountant under the Ford Foundation Project. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Development Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Development having majored in Development Communication and minored in Public relations. She has a rich working experience having worked with the African Gender and Media Initiative (GEM) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and a consultancy experience with Kelin Kenya.

james gitauJames Gitau Maina, Project Accountant

He is the Project Accountant under the Ford Foundation project. He holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce (Double Major Accounting and Finance) and a Certified Public Accountant. He has also worked with the NGO Kwetu Home of Peace.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 13:46


“Today marks Kenya’s commitment to the actualization of SDG 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all. Kenya joins the rest of the world in aligning with primary healthcare approach.”- H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta
His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya, officiated the pilot programme for the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) on 13th December 2018 in Kisumu County. The County becomes one of the pilot Counties that will roll out the programme, the other Counties being; Isiolo, Nyeri and Machakos. The auspicious event was well attended by officials from both levels of Government including the Vice President, Governors, Deputy Governors, Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Development partners, health stakeholders and members of the public.
“Today marks Kenya’s commitment to the actualization of SDG 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all. Kenya joins the rest of the world in aligning with primary healthcare approach.” said Uhuru Kenyatta. He pointed out that the access to primary healthcare can address over 80% of persons health needs throughout their life cycle focusing on preventive care and promotive health interventions and that we must endeavor to build resilient and responsive health systems that guarantee equitable access to health for all.
In recognition of the role health plays in the development and prosperity of the nation, affordable healthcare through Universal Health Coverage is among the Big 4 Agenda action points for H.E Uhuru Kenyatta in his second term. In this first phase, the implementation of the Universal Health Coverage is being piloted in 4 counties, as the rest of the Counties embark on other initiatives and models in preparation for scale up and attainment of Universal Health Coverage in the entire Country.
Also, speaking during the launch, H.E Josphat Nanok the Chairman of the Council, noted that County Governments were committed to fulfilling the requirements provided for in the Constitution that guarantees all citizens the right of access to quality healthcare, including Reproductive Health and Emergency Treatment. “We carry a very big responsibility for the attainment of this due to the fact that Health Care is devolved to a great extent.” he said.
Essentially, Universal Health coverage is an integral part of the country’s efforts to attain the desired status of health as elaborated in Kenya Health Policy. It will ensure that Kenyans receive quality, promotive, preventive, and curative and rehabilitation health services without suffering financial hardship.
The objective of the UHC in Kenya Include; Ensuring that Kenyans have access to an explicit unified progressive Health benefit package; Expansion of the population under Universal Health Insurance coverage; Increasing the availability and coverage of quality essential interventions; Ensuring financial risk protection for Kenyans and with a special focus for the poor and the vulnerable groups; and Ensuring adequacy of Health resources for delivery of health services, among others.

The Council, supports collaboration, cooperation and consultation for the delivery of quality, affordable and accessible Health care to our citizens.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018 12:53


As Kenya celebrated her 55th year of independence, the Council of Governors had more reason to jubilate as 10 Governors were feted with the Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart (EGH) by H.E Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces.
The awards came in recognition of their distinguished and outstanding services rendered to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities. The Governors include; H.E Josphat Koli Nanok (Turkana County), H.E Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga County), H.E Ali Hassan Joho (Mombasa County), H.E Martin Wambora (Embu County), H.E Tunai Samuel (Narok County), H.E Cornel Rasanga (Siaya County), H.E Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet County), H.E Jackson Mandago (Uasin Ngishu County), H.E Dr. Alfred Mutua (Machakos County) and H.E Dr. Joyce Laboso (Bomet County).
Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni, the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Governors also received the title, Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS). She has led the Secretariat since its inception and has resiliently worked towards protecting the devolved functions and the interests of County Governments.
As a body that has been entrusted with entrenching and implementing devolution and its objects, we are cognizant of the fact that Mwanainchi is looking up to the Counties in ensuring that they receive effective services and development is cascaded to their level. It is the hope of the Council of Governors that they will do more than what has been done this far, and that the greater reward will be to see the lives of all Kenyans improved.
This recognition is in line with the Honors and Awards Act 2013,that allows the President the powers to confer national honors in the name of the people and the Republic on an individual; or a body, unit, association of persons or a corporation.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:19


The end of 2018 is fast approaching, the 2nd quarter of the financial year 2018/19 ends with it. It is proper practice for any organization to hold their semiannual review at this time of the year.
The Council of Governors Secretariat on 28th-30th November 2018 held their semi- annual retreat to review and determine the strides made and the tasks ahead if it is to fully implement its Annual Work plan for the year 2018/19. The team also had an opportunity to review their priority areas for the remaining half of the year. During the review, the secretariat also held its team building session and end of year party.
The Council of Governors holds a team building session every year to ensure that each time it works like a well-oiled machine. World over, the best organization and companies hold such session where staff can interact informally with each other and encourage collaboration and teamwork among colleagues. Fun activities that help people see each other in a different light allow them to connect in a different setting.
Led by the Chief Executive, directors, managers and staff had an opportunity to engage in activities promoting Communication and working better together, Collaboration and the fostering of innovation and creativity, Celebration, team spirit, fun, and motivation, Networking, socializing, and getting to know each other better.
One of the most powerful reasons for team building is to get results. Through a series of planned team bonding events that are fun and motivational, teams build skills like communication, planning, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
The Secretariat also proceeded to its reggae themed end of year party where staff and committees were awarded. The committee of the year award was scooped by the health committee and the same committee also scooping the team lead of the year – Mr. Meshack Ndolo and rising star of the year Ms. Sheila Yoto from the same committee. The employee of the year award went to Ms. Mary Ashira – CEO’s secretary. Other categories included; special service awards awarded by the organization to head of Security – Inspector Malila and Mr. Wanyonyi - Council of Governors mailman. Members of staff also had an opportunity of appreciating each other for the year that was. They did this by exchanging gifts that one would pick randomly.
At the end of the team building, teams were clear on what they would be focusing in the coming year, how each department must work together with the other to ensure the success of the organization, for there is great strength in unity and teamwork.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:13


“Water is life and that’s the reason why we are all here today,” H.E Yoweri Museveni, the President of the republic of Uganda
Kenya hosted the 1st Global Conference on the Sustainable Blue Economy with a focus on creating economic growth, ensuring healthy waters and building safe communities. The Conference builds on the momentum of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the 2015 climate Change Conference in Paris and the UN Ocean Conference 2017 “Call to Action”.
The world has rallied around the enormous pressure facing oceans & water, from plastic pollution to the impacts of climate change. At the same time, there is internal recognition that there is need to develop our waters in an inclusive and sustainable manner for the benefit of all.
Speaking during the Conference, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta noted that, “Kenya is privileged to host this Conference, and I am keen on how the forum will promote synergies between local authorities and National Governments in the implementation of decisions on blue economy including through the Governors and Mayors Global Forum for the Sustainable Blue Economy.” He also added that, “It is my priority to ensure the role of women in the blue economy has enhanced and identifying the barriers and opportunities to further empower women and encourage their role in positions of leadership and that gender equality and the empowerment of women will build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. ”
Also speaking during the Conference, Excellency Governors, through the Chairman of the Council of Governors, H.E Josphat Nanok noted, “County Governments are keen in ensuring that the economy at the County level has been lifted and that the local product from Counties that have water bodies are manufactured and sold both locally and internationally.”
Special attention was paid to scaling up productive and conservation activities in the following priority areas deliberated at the conference; Ending hunger, securing food supplies and promoting good health and sustainable fisheries, Climate action, agriculture and fisheries, waste management and pollution-free oceans and people, culture, communities and societies – the inclusive blue economy.
Some of the key resolutions made during the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference (SBEC) 26 - 28, November 2018 that benefit counties; implementing a $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan project on enhancing maritime safety and addressing protection of marine biodiversity (Canada), Confront the challenge of waste management and plastic pollution (Kenya) and Commitment to desalinate (its) sea water for agriculture, domestic and industrial use (Namibia).

Thursday, 06 December 2018 05:43

Devolution Conference 2019 Kicks off in earnest

On 3rd December 2019, H.E Waiguru, the Vice Chair at the Council of Governors and the Chairperson Devolution Conference planning Committee officially kicked off plans towards the devolution Conference.

While officiating the 3rd County Executive Committee Members Conference, the Vice Chair noted that the CEC’s Conference has been an important pillar of the Annual Devolution Conference since it is a precursor and all resolutions form part of the discussions therein.

“The next Annual Devolution Conference will be held in March 2019 in Kirinyaga County, I urge you to use this platform to ensure that your recommendations towards improving service delivery are incorporated,” she said. She equally urged the County officials to use the CEC’s conference and discuss topics that will steer robust discussions in the upcoming devolution conference. Further, she called upon collaboration and consultation among counties terming it as the secret for common people to achieve uncommon results.

H.E. Waiguru thereafter officially unveiled the devolution conference website being the first participant to register online. She called upon the private sector, academia, development partners and National government to join in the conversation.

The CEC’s Conference brings together all County Executive Committee Members, County Secretaries and County Attorneys to take stock of sector issues and present recommendations to the Annual Devolution Conference. The 6th Annual Devolution Conference will take a sector approach under the theme Deliver. Transform. Measure. “Remaining Accountable”. The sectors under focus in the Sixth Devolution Conference will be Health, Trade, Housing and Infrastructure and Agriculture.

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SymbioCity Urban Leadership Forum: Who Are the Leaders We Need?
Kenya’s urban areas are growing rapidly. To ensure a sustainable growth, there is urgent need for cooperation between the political and technical arms of County governments. Being a long-term process, urban development requires long-term political agreements and planning – beyond elective terms. This was concluded at the SymbioCity facilitated Urban Leadership Forum (ULF) in Nakuru in mid November.
Participants of the SymbioCity Kenya forum stated that shared visions, strategies and plans were the foundation of planning, as it reduced the risk of projects being opposed. The leaders who consisted of members of county assembly (elected/appointed every five years) and executive committee members, agreed that political leadership was critical at all levels in building credibility within the counties.
Differences between the two arms of government was apparent in discussions, and the Director of Urban Development at the national Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Charles K’onyango Otieno, advised the leaders to move on with the contemporary changes in their counties and set aside their jarring interests.

Nakuru County Deputy Governor, Dr. Erick Korir, addresses participants at the ULF.
Bottlenecks for sustainable urban management in Counties
The two-day forum identified a number of recurring bottlenecks in urban development in the counties. These included: lack of cross-departmental coordination; political interference in programming; resistance or rejection of projects by the local community; lack of enforcement of plans, permits and legislation related to urban areas; poor oversight during procurement, contracting, implementation and M&E; lack of defined urban structures, arising from sub-division of towns into several wards; and inadequate funding for urban development programming.
The leaders our urban areas need
The bottlenecks exposed the need to buttress leadership. The participants resolved that being a long-term process, urban development required long-term political agreements and planning beyond elective terms.
A member of the Kitale Local Urban Forum (LUF), Immaculate Shamalla, stated that urban development required leaders who had collaboration, partnerships, civic education, vision, passion and drive at the fore of their leadership strategy. These were leaders who could simplify and demystify their approaches and increase public participation and project ownership by letting the people know all about their actions.
Meru County SymbioCity Pilot Project Manager, Jefferson Musyoka disclosed how the county had discarded the “silo mentality” in favour of inclusivity; for the success of their ongoing market project, leaders and the community are working together towards a common goal.
Moreover, Director K’onyango stated the need for institutional development and structures, to restructure Kenya’s urban centres and revitalise urban development. He said adopting urban management boards would enhance professional, as opposed to administrative, management. The law directs the establishment of urban boards, composed of competent professionals, to manage cities and municipalities in counties. K’Onyango said that the boards would bring in professional and enterprising urban management, leading to healthier rural centres fed by urban centres.
Quotable leadership lines from the ULF:
“Leadership is not an option; the people can’t do without it,” Richard Bonyo, SCK Homabay
“Leaders are the gatekeepers of every community,” Sospeter Onunga, SCK Kisumu
“To get the leaders we need, we need patience because now we see it as a mirage,” Lawrence Esho, Chairman Kenya Institute of Planners
“We need leaders who ‘need to be leaders’,” Wawira Njue, Embu Local Urban Forum
View the 12 Conclusions and Recommendations from the Urban Leadership Forum
Read more about the seven County Pilot projects on

"The Government of Kenya has indicated strong commitment to deliver a successful Africities Summit in 2021," said the Governor in his address. Kisumu County will host the 9th edition of the African Cities Summit set to be held in 2021. This followed a long bidding process spearheaded by the Council of Governors and the County Government of Kisumu. Kisumu County has shown the interest and capacity to host the 9th Edition of Africa's premier gathering of cities and local governments.
In his bi-lingual (French and English) speech, Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o welcomed the move saying the meeting will place Kisumu City on the world map and welcomes participants from pan Africa and the whole world to Kisumu County and to Kenya for the second time for the Africities Summit.
The signature event of the United Cities and Local Governments in Africa (UCLG-Africa) will be held in Kenya for the second time after the first one in 2006.
UCLG-Africa Secretary General Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi announced this in Marrakech, Morocco on 22nd November 2018
Kisumu County and Kenya as a whole appreciates the opportunity to host the next Summit. The summit provides both direct and indirect benefits to the host Country both social and economic. "There's no doubt that towards and after the 2021 Summit, Kisumu City will not be the same again," he added.
HE assured delegates of both the Nation al and Kisumu County Governments to delivering an extraordinary conference setting the bar for conferencing and positioning Kisumu County as a Conferencing destination in Kenya and Africa.
As a premiere step towards the planning of the 2021 Africities Summit Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o met the UCLG Africa Secretary General Jean Pierre Mbassi to reassure Kisumu County’s commitment to host the conference as well as acquire technical guidance towards planning of the Conference. The 2021 meet is expected to host over 8000 participants in the Lakeside City.

The Chairman, Council of Governors H.E. Josphat Nanok, led the Kenya Delegation to the Africities 8 Summit held on November 20 -24, 2018 in Marrakech – Morocco. The Delegation included Governors, County Executive Committee members in charge of Lands, housing and urban development and Members of various County Assemblies.
In 2010, Kenya promulgated a new Constitution which introduced a devolved system of governance. With Counties now implementing functions as enshrined in the fourth schedule of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010, access to services has successfully improved and Kenyans are overwhelmingly in support of devolution. Despite the strides on planning, budgeting and public participation, there have been challenges too. However, County Governments are committed to ensuring that the objects of the devolved system of governance as enshrined in the Constitution are achieved.
The Council of Governors, cognizant of this, organized a side event during the Africities Summit on 22nd November, 2018 to share the “Devolution Experience in Kenya”. The summit provided the opportunity to bench mark with other countries since many African Countries continue to appreciate and admire Kenya’s system of Governance.
Speaking at the Side event, Hon Johnson Osoi, County Assemblies Forum Chairman’s representative pointed out that since the advent of devolution in Kenya, there has been an increased flow of resources to the grassroots, “In the past 6 years or so, we have seen the highest amount of resources channeled to County Governments,” he stated.
Most participants in the Kenya side event were mainly concerned with division of function between the two levels of Government if they are to implement devolution in their Countries.
The Africities summit attracts over 5000 participants from all over the world including; world and regional leaders, ministers in charge of local governments (in the Kenyan case County Governments); ministers in charge of housing and urban development; ministers of public service; local authorities and local elected officials; officials of local and central administrations; civil society organizations, associations and trade unions; economic operators of the public and private sectors as well as of the social/ solidarity economy; traditional rulers; researchers and academics; and international cooperation agencies.
Africities is the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s (UCLGAs) Pan-African flagship event that is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa. The summit, organized by UCLG Africa and other partners including the Council of Governors, was focused on defining appropriate shared strategies for improving the living conditions of people at the local level and; to contribute to the integration, peace and unity of Africa starting from the grassroots.
A point that the Kenyan panelists including Ministry of Devolution and ASALS, National Treasury, County Governments and the County Assemblies Forum handled clarifying how the Constitution of Kenya outlines the functions under each level of Government.
Kenya Continues to be a benchmark for many Countries around the World. Devolution has taken course and many Countries continue to visit the Country to learn the Kenyan Model. After the 2018 Summit, the next summit will be in 2021 in Kisumu City, Kenya.

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