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Governors and Deputy Governors Inducted

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The newly elected and re-elected Governors and Deputy Governors on 14th – 16th December met in Diani for their induction meeting. This was the second induction meeting since the inception of devolution.
The meeting was organized to provide basic information on County Government structures and processes and enhance County officials’ understanding and appreciation of devolution as a system of governance, self-governance and participation of the people in decision making, social and economic development, protection of the rights of minorities and marginalized groups, accessibility of services, and public accountability.
H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya who officially opened the forum recognized the fact that truly devolution is working. “There is no doubt much has been achieved in the last four and a half years. We have much to be proud of; I have said it before and I will repeat it here: devolution is working” the President remarked.
He noted that in the true spirit of devolution, service delivery has been brought closer to the people and that County Governments have empowered the people more than the many years of centralized governance.
“We have turned every county into an important cog in the wheel of our collective aspirations as a nation; every county is now a full-fledged center for economic development. This time, no one has been left behind on the road to prosperity.” said Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta.

Still speaking at the opening ceremony of the Governors and Deputy Governors induction meeting, the Commander in Chief of the Defense forces mentioned what he termed as the devolution deal. He proposed to County Governments a resource sharing formula to devolve funds further to the ward level. “The devolution deal here is this: Can county governments adopt elements of the resource allocation formula so that sub counties, wards and villages receive allocations from the center? The potential impact in the next five years, I believe, would be enormous.” He suggested.

The Meeting
The three days meeting exposed the Governors and Deputy Governors to issues that will help them streamline governance and structures at the County Level. The seven part programme exposed County leadership to issues ranging from Intergovernmental relations, managing human resource, public finance management, county planning and performance management to role of development partners and private sector in devolution, accountability, oversight and good governance and leadership and integrity.
The induction gives a smooth transition from the first devolution regime to the second generation leadership of the devolved units. The electorate at this point expect delivery from all County Governments unlike before when the structures of governance were not so clear. The transition period from the centralized system of governance to devolved system was over in 2016.
“The transition period ended on 4th March, 2016 meaning that all functions assigned to County Governments under the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution, are now squarely under the purview of the County Governments,” said H.E. Josphat Nanok, Chairman Council of Governors.
Speakers and experts from different fields were present to take the Governors through various sessions giving guidance and substantial advice.
The 42 Governors present at the meeting had the chance to ask questions and learn from each other on best/good practices, experiences and challenges faced during the first phase of devolution.
“The achievements that you now witness in sectors like health, agriculture, roads, early childhood education and provision of water are a true manifestation of the objects of devolution contemplated in Article 174 of the Constitution. More and more citizens are participating in decision-making, local economies are growing faster than ever before and uplifting millions of livelihoods across the country, basic services are now closer to the people and resources are finally trickling down to the villages.” HE Josphat Nanok.
The meeting was officially closed by the Deputy President of Kenya HE William Ruto who also officially unveiled Council of Governors new leadership.

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