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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 09:11

NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION CONFERENCE

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

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

“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 www.devolutionconference.cog.go.ke 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 B.com 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

LAUNCH OF THE UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE PILOT

“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

GOVERNORS FETED

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.

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