Feb, 2019

COURTESY CALL TO SPEAKER OF THE SENATE

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.

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