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ORIENTATION OF COUNTY OFFICIALS

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As the Country ushered in the second cycle of County Governments, it became necessary to ensure a smooth transition for the new officials taking over the management of the day to day running’s in the counties. The Council of Governors therefore conducted orientation induction meetings for various county officials from 4th to 11th December 2017 in Nairobi County. They included; County Liaison Officers, County Secretaries, Governors Personal Assistants, Chiefs of Staffs and County Executive Officers.
The main agenda of the induction was to enlighten the county officials on matters devolution and the support the Council of Governors offers to the County Governments to make their work easier. Additionally, the meetings reviewed the past 5years and acknowledged the successes and areas of improvement to further make devolution a success. Development partners were equally present to expound on their working relationship with Counties, ongoing projects and their expectations moving forward.
During the County Executives induction meeting that brought together all the CECs from all the sectors within the 47 counties elections were held to appoint heads of the various caucuses.The County Executives caucus officials appointed were; Charles Birech (Kericho County) chairman, Achie Ojang’ (Kisumu County) Vice Chairperson, Annette Muriuki (Laikipia County) as the Secretary, Dr. Mulwa Andrew (Makueni County) as the Deputy Secretary, Dr. Adan Kanam (Marsabit County) as the Treasurer and Bigvai Mwalema from Taita Taveta County and Marita Agufana from Vihiga County as members.
Committees that managed to elect their officials included; Education, Gender, Youth, Sports, Culture & Social Services committee, Infrastructure, Energy and Roads Committee, Agriculture Committee, Trade, Investment & Industry committee, ICT Committee, Health Committee, Lands Planning & Urban Development Committee, Tourism & Wildlife Committee, Finance & Economic Planning committee, Natural Resource Management Committee, Public Service & Administration Committee.
From the meeting, participants called for more structured engagement between the committee leaders and the Council of Governors in order to advance the devolution agenda. They also requested for a comprehensive induction to help further to enable them understand their roles. In view of the disputes that arose in the previous cycle, all agreed to have the COG to play the role of a conflict resolver to mitigate the disputes that arise amongst the counties.
The Council of Governors will therefore work together with both Kenya School of Government and produce 2018 induction programs that would be effective for the County Executives. The Council of Governors is willing and happy to work with all County officials to ensure that the Devolution goals set are achieved

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