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The Council of Governors, with the support of USAID-AHADI (through USAID and UKaid) convened the very first Devolution Study Group (DSG) Series in April 2019. The objective was to discuss Effects of Corruption, Challenges and Energizing the Momentum in the Fight Against Corruption in Kenya. The forum served to support the anti-corruption agenda that is spearheaded by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, and to identify areas for collaboration between both levels of government in strengthening anti-corruption measures.

The Session was guided by the Chatham House Rules that provide safe space for open but candid dialogue and confidentiality. At the end of the Session, stakeholders strongly recommended to convene a high-level dialogue session between Excellency Governors, National government institutions, Private Sector and Civil Society and have candid dialogue on challenges as well as collaborative actions for corruption prevention.
Highlights of challenges, proposed actions and recommendations:
1.Effects of Corruption on devolution and Service Delivery
Devolution was meant to give more and better services to the people. However, corruption denies citizens quality services now, and compromises delivery of such services in future as well.

2.Challenges of fight against corruption include (but are not limited to): Capacity challenges including through change of Officers after elections, causing lack of continuity and loopholes for corruption; Impunity, where the corrupt commit crimes without any sanctions; Inadequate implementation of Audit Recommendations; Inadequate intergovernmental collaboration to seal loopholes for corruption and minimize wastage; Inadequate information to the public and lastly; Counties spreading themselves too thinly, implementing numerous projects with little impact.

3.Some Actions for Energizing the momentum for fighting corruption include: Imposing sanctions to individuals and institutions found to be propagating corruption; Strengthening public procurement processes; focusing on and investing in proactive corruption prevention; Strengthening public participation mechanisms, including approval of projects by Community Committees; Building capacity of County structures including Internal Audit Departments, Internal Audit Committees, Budget and Economic Forums, County Budget Committees and Capacity for Corruption Risk Assessment and Corruption Root-Cause Analysis; Automating systems, processes and services; Investing in transforming the culture that promotes corruption; Collaboration between Office of Auditor General, Community Committees (Project Management Committees) and Civil Society; Critically examining and enhancing role of Professional bodies in the fight against corruption and; Protecting Whistle Blowers innovatively.

4.Next Steps and Recommendations agreed by stakeholders include:
i)Convene a high-level dialogue session between Excellency Governors, National government institutions, Private Sector and Civil Society and have candid dialogue on challenges as well as collaborative actions for corruption prevention.
ii)Consider convening a similar dialogue session for half-a day, since it is an issue of national importance.
iii)Examine hoe intergovernmental collaboration can minimize corruption and wastage of public resources.
iv)Convene sessions dedicated to learning from and tapping services of anti-corruption institutions (and stakeholders).
v)Policy action to ensure continuity of County Services during and beyond political transitions, especially general elections.

Thursday, 02 May 2019 12:30

COG AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE MEETS CS KIUNJURI

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The Council of Governors Committee on Agriculture on 8th April met with the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri to discuss pertinent issues in the Agriculture sector from Agriculture regulations, Input subsidies and the implementation of the Big Four Agenda on Food and Nutrition security.
During his opening statement H.E Muthomi Njuki raised concerns on the development of regulation without involvement of the County Governments. “Our concern is on regulation, most of these regulations are developed without the input of the County Governments,” said H.E. Muthomi Njuki.
It was noted that the Ministry of Agriculture had finalised several regulations which are due for gazettement. They include regulations on coffee, tea, dairy, sugar, pyrethrum, nuts and oil, horticulture, fibre crops and food crops However, the regulation centralised the manufacturing and warehouse licensing which are devolved functions. However, the Council of Governors was not involved in the process of formulation. The Council Committee on Agriculture therefore recommended a participatory process between the two levels of government.
Both came to the understanding that a joint technical committee will be constituted to deal with all issues touching on regulations in the Agriculture sector by 10th April, 2019. The Committee will comprise of officers from the five departments under the Ministry and representatives of the County Governments and the Council of Governors.
Currently, there are many regulations that have been pending since 2013. This means that the County Governments have been working using regulations formulated before the new dispensation. The two levels of Government have only agreed on Coffee, Sugar and Potato regulations. The technical committee was tasked to come up with a work plan on how to deal with the remaining regulations and have them gazetted within 6o days.
The County Governments also raised concerns on the input subsidy model by the National Government. The current model has distributed blanket subsidies to the 47 Counties without considering the different demographics of every County. Subsidies such as fertilizers depend on variables such as soil types, crops grown etc. The quantity delivered has also been done based on historical consumption patterns which affect Counties where there Counties receive low amounts of fertiliser forcing most farmers to rely on private dealers or growing without fertilizer.
On 24th April, there will be a Governors’ briefing meeting on the implementation of the Big 4 agenda. During this meeting, Governors will be appraised on Crop suitability by the University of Nairobi, Agriculture Sector Transformation and Growth Strategy, Big 4 Agenda strategy, Input subsidy and regulation.

On 25th March 2019, Excellency Governors came together to discuss the progress and gaps in the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP) , the design of Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement project II (KISIP II), Kenya Devolution Support Programme (KDSP) and the Affordable Housing Agenda.
The Kenyan Urban Support Programme (KUSP), is a programme supported by the World Bank that seeks to support the implementation of the Kenya Urban Programme (KenUP), which is the Kenya Government’s Development Strategy aimed at strengthening the Kenyan National Urban Development Policy (NUDP).
KUSP addresses the basic steps as provided for in KenUP which are; the establishment of urban governance as well as management structures, providing funding to the County Governments to allow those urban structures to fulfil their mandates, provide capacity development support to Central Government notably the State Department of Housing and Urban Development and in overall seeks to emphasize the pivotal role urban areas that are supposed to be playing in terms of development, prosperity and modernization.
The Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement project II (KISIP II), is a programme whose objective is to improve the living conditions of people living in selected informal settlements in selected urban centres with the aim to improve access to land and basic services in informal settlements in Kenya. The programme covers 15 municipalities namely; Eldoret, Embu, Garissa, Kakamega, Kericho, Kisumu, Kitui, Machakos, Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi, Naivasha, Nakuru, Nyeri and Thika.
Some of the discussions on KISIP II include; the need to expand the scope of the program to incorporate informal settlements outside urban areas, Capacity building of counties to design and implement World Bank funded programs, nomination of the KISIP 2 Program Formulation Team and the need for respect of institutional mandates as per Kenya’s constitution.
On the other hand, Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP) focused on the delayed transfer of funds from County Revenue Accounts to Special Purpose Account and additional funding to the Counties.
Charles Hinga, Principal Secretary in charge of Housing got a chance to make a presentation to the Excellency Governors on the Affordable Housing Programme (AHP). This is an initiative by the government as one of the pillars under the Big Four Agenda which ensures that low and middle –income households have access to decent and affordable housing units.
AHP will be financed and executed by both the private sector, National and County Governments and once the Houses are built, the Housing Fund will purchase the Units from the private developers and offer them to the beneficiaries and for this reason, the 47 County Governments role will be to identify suitable land for putting up these facilities and develop the supporting infrastructure.
After fruitful deliberations, the following resolutions emanated from the discussions;
i. Counties to comply with environmental social, financial management, procurement and contractual management requirements under Kenya Urban Support programme (KUSP) and aspire to deliver transformative projects that have impact, citizen centric and are integrated to ensure adequate and quality urban service delivery.
ii. That world bank to urgently review the project design in line with the new Urban Areas and Cities Amendment Act 2019, among other considerations to take into account concerns on equity ,fairness and promotion of growth of smaller towns.
iii. Counties should absorb the disbursed UDG on critical Urban Infrastructure and service delivery to benefit the people of Kenya and to expedite absorption to allow next release of disbursement.
iv. County Governments to develop a grievance redress mechanism to clearly outline how residents can raise their concerns and resolve them at the County level.
v. The Council of Governors to advice Counties on the mode of implementation of the Urban Areas and Cities Act noting the new changes on composition of municipal boards , qualification and the revised population threshold for municipalities.
vi. That the National treasury to immediately release the Urban Institutional Grant in the next two weeks. The funds have been delayed for over a year.
vii. That World bank, Council of Governors and Ministry to work together to refine the design of KISIP 2 to address the foundational causes of slums, to reconsider the restriction that the informal settlements must be in an urban area and prioritize on urban poor.
viii. That the Ministry to Urgently release level 1 Grants for the Kenya Devolution support programme for the FY18/19 and also counties to provide reporting for level 1 and 2 Grants and prepare for the third ACPA in June/July 2019.
ix.That County Governments to open special purpose accounts for Kenya Devolution Support Programme (KDSP).
x.That the National Treasury to allow counties to access county funds in situations where there is delayed disbursement of conditional grants.

Excellency Governors and Ministry of Health officials held a consultative meeting on 9th April in Naivasha to discuss health issues including Universal Health Coverage (UHC), NHIF and KEMSA reforms among others. The meeting was chaired by b the vice chair of the health Committee H.E Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and the Ministry of Health’s Chief Administrative Secretary, Dr. Rashid Aman.
The meeting reviewed the Universal Health Coverage in the pilot counties of Kisumu, Isiolo, Nyeri and Machakos being the pilot counties. The ministry also had the opportunity to share the successes in the implementation of UHC which includes increased number of patients seeking health care and adequate supply of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical in the counties. Some of the challenges identified in the pilot counties were delays in transfer of funds from the CARA to the SPA following disbursements in to the CARA outside the budget of FY 2018/2019, inadequate human resources for health to match the increased demand for health services following the launch of the pilots among others. As a result, the following were proposed as ways of strengthening health systems. Progressive recruitment of frontline health workers by counties e.g. nurses and other health workers, additional resources for the new approach to service delivery to be availed to Counties in a timely manner, resource allocation for each county and not a replacement of user fees, additional resources for service delivery in the counties, strengthening inter-sectoral collaboration, and building capacities of health workers generally..
It was observed that the NHIF has over the years been mandated to provide health insurance to Kenyans. However, several challenges were noted to bedevil its operations thus hindering its optimal functioning. Accordingly, the Cabinet Secretary for Health commissioned a task force to spearhead reforms in the NHIF with the aim of addressing the long standing challenges that Kenyans and County Governments are facing in service delivery.
It was further agreed that KEMSA equally needed substantial reforms to be able to undertake its functions of procurement and supply of medicines to Counties even as plans to scale up UHC after the pilot period. It was noted that the rest of the 43 Counties not in pilot continue to suffer commodity stock outs and low refill rates from KEMSA with the excuse that the authority was making supplies to the Pilot Counties.
The meeting was adjourned with an agreement that both County Governments and the National Government constructively deliver health services to Kenyans.

The Council of Governors Legal and Human rights committee and Senate’s standing committee on legal, justice and human rights committee on 26th – 27th April held a consultative meeting to discuss emerging issues and concerns in legislation at the County and National level.
This is the first time the two committees met – offering an opportunity to strengthen the working relationship between them. “I find this meeting historic. The Legal Committees of the Council and the Senate have come together on their own initiative, to deliberate and make resolutions on matters of legislation and cooperation between the Senate and the Council.” Said the Chairman Council of Governors, H.E. Wycliffe Oparanya.
The relationship between the Senate and the Council of Governors has been rocky. However, this has since improved in the recent past. While delivering his Key Note address, Speaker of the Senate, Hon. Kenneth Lusaka alluded, the maturity between the two institutions as the COG and the senate have put politics aside to drive the devolution agenda and ensuring that devolution is optimally strengthened. “This meeting is a significant and unique shift, because it demonstrates how our institutions of governance have matured and are able to embrace the spirit of our Constitution in the discharge of their mandates, which embeds and encourages consultation and cooperation between institutions at various levels drawn from distinct arms of government.” said the Speaker.
Currently, there are Bills before the house that are contentious. The Council of Governors has reviewed the Bills and submitted memoranda before the senate for consideration. H.E Amason Kingi, Chairman, Legal and Human Rights committee sought intervention and cooperation with the senate to ensure that COG proposals are adopted as they have the interest of the Counties at heart.
The two institutions are charged with the mandate of implementing ad protecting devolution to ensure that service delivery is improved in Kenya under the devolved dispensation.
The meeting came up with joint resolutions to speed up implementation of individual and joint actions to improve the relationship as well as legislative anchor of the functions under the devolved system. Find the resolutions here...Joint Resolutions

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 06:40

JUKUMU LANGU

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The Council of Governors in partnership with the Ministry of Devolution and ASALS and USAID AHADI on Wednesday 24th April 2019 launched a Civic education handbook dubbed “Jukumu Langu”

The event that was presided over by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Kajiado County’s Deputy Governor H.E. Martin Moshisho was well attended by Public Participation officers from the counties and the ministry as well as development partners and civil society organizations.

The public has ravenously embraced the phenomenon of public participation since the adoption of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and introduction of devolved governments. However, there is overwhelming evidence that the level of public engagement in governance as envisioned in the Constitution remains a fantasy. Most citizens are either not sensitized to their constitutional rights or have a skewed interpretation of their roles.

The Kenyan devolution dream was meant to engineer citizens’ participation in public affairs in addition to facilitating the appreciation of Kenya’s diversity. Research shows that, while standard of civic education and public participation in Kenya has improved by more and more Counties setting up structures and institutions for civic education and public participation, a lot still needs to be done. Implementation is still lagging behind.

Since the promulgation of Devolution a plethora of publications on public participation have been published. While the previously published materials for Civic Education are too voluminous to read by ordinary citizens, Jukumu Langu is less bulky and pocket friendly; an easy read for both individual and group use. It will ensure that, citizens, who are the rights holders in matters affecting them are adequately equipped to utilize the opportunities for public participation as envisaged in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. This manual will improve on citizens’ capacity to play their oversight role and make contributions in planning, budgeting, legislation, procurement, oversight and effective service delivery. Furthermore, Jukumu Langu has been published in simple English & rendered in language and forms that are accessible and easily comprehendible by mwananchi from all walks of life.

The first phase of the in-county roll out of the Jukumu Langu civic education booklet to the counties begins on 13th May in Bomet, Garissa, Isiolo, Kakamega, Kiambu, Kisii, Lamu, Machakos, Mandera, Marsabit, Meru, Mombasa, Muranga, Nairobi, Nandi, Nyamira, Siaya, Tharaka Nithi, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Vihiga and Wajir.

Braille and Kiswahili versions of the publications are set for publication in June 2019.

“We must begin to pay closer attention to quality care and build resilient health systems that Kenyans can trust and have confidence, irrespective of the facility they visit,” H.E Margaret Kenyatta

The First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Margaret Kenyatta on 11th April 2019, launched the Lancet Global Health Commission High Quality Health Systems Report in the Sustainable Development Goals Era in Nairobi.

As a member of the Commission, the First lady, commended the progress being made by the government and its partners to ensure that all Kenyans have access to affordable, quality and trustworthy Healthcare services irrespective of the provider and their regions.

H.E Margaret Kenyatta said, the reduction and in some cases total removal of the service charge in public health facilities, the ongoing infrastructural expansion, the government-sponsored National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), the free maternity cover and other interventions are all aimed at protecting Kenyans especially women, children and vulnerable communities.

According to the Lancet report, 52,000 deaths occurred in Kenya in 2016 due to poor quality health systems. Out of these deaths, 32,000 were attributed to lack of access to healthcare while the rest were occasioned by poor quality care. Recommendations from the report are bound to accelerate the gains made by Kenya in achieving health related SDG 2030 targets because they emphasize on quality health services as a “big win” strategy.

“We as a country have taken some steps towards enshrining the principle of patient-centered service in our healthcare systems through the Kenya Quality Models for Health guidelines developed in 2012, alongside the Joint Health Inspection Report both developed by the Ministry of Health,” the First Lady said.

Speaking at the event Health Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki pointed out that quality of care is the fundamental cornerstone of Kenya health service delivery also entrenched as right in the Constitution for all to enjoy. She acknowledged that quality health care increases the likelihood of desired health outcomes consistent with seven measurable characteristics of health namely effectiveness, safety, people- centeredness, timeliness, equity, integration of care and efficiency. The CS pointed out that to ensure quality is institutionalized, the Ministry is implementing the Kenya Quality Model for Health for continuous quality assessment and improvement of health services and is currently realigning policy and regulation through the implementation of the Health Act 2017.

“Linda Mama initiative, is one of the publicly funded health scheme, that ensures pregnant women and infants have access to quality and affordable health services. This has seen a 35% increase of deliveries in public health facilities,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the County Governments, CEO Council of Governors Jacqueline Mogeni, said that Health system strengthening has been a key focus and Counties have progressively allocated funds to health services targeting at least 30% of County government’s annual budgets.

“In Kenya the Constitution 2010 which spelled out the devolved system of governance paved way for devolution of health services to 47 County governments. Although Counties are at various levels of development we have nationally recorded impressive results in our key indicators. For instance, over the last five years skilled delivery has moved from 53% (2014) to 65% (2018), fully immunized children from --75% (2013) to ---77% (2018)”, she said.

Today, Post devolution many Counties own and manage a robust referral system that has greatly increased efficiency, reduced long time of pain and suffering.

The report commissioned by the Lancet Global Health examined literature analyzed surveys to evaluate the quality of care provided to people in Lower and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), including Kenya. It outlines actionable steps Countries need to take in order to revolutionize their health systems to meet Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goal health targets by 2030.

Others who spoke at the high level event included the chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission of High Quality Health System Prof. Margaret Kruk, WHO representative in Kenya Dr Rudi Eggers and the Ag. Director General of Health Dr John Wekesa.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, CGH, on 29th March launched the 2nd African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Country Review Report (CRR) for Kenya at State House, Nairobi, making Kenya the first country in Africa to apply the methods used in the African Peer Review Mechanism to strengthen its devolved government system.

The Mechanism, which was pioneered by countries including Kenya, has seen African Nations review each other on governance and economic policies leading to improvements in performance in all participating countries.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who gave the keynote address at the function noted in his remarks that he was pleased with the tremendous progress attained by Kenya through the APRM. The President said that he is happy that Kenya will set the pace in cascading the peer review mechanism to strengthen the efficient delivery of services at the County Government's level. “Kenya will be among the first countries to customize the APRM mechanism to the second tier of governance and I believe this will foster democratic dialogue between leaders and citizens in the delivery of services,” said President Kenyatta.

The President said Kenya will continue subjecting itself to peer reviews and is ready for the third APRM. The milestones mentioned in the second review include the promulgation of the constitution of Kenya in 2010 and the establishment of the devolved system of government (County Governments) which has progressively resolved issues of perceived marginalization. Other milestones include the successful establishment of constitutional commissions and independent offices.

The establishment of various affirmative action funds notably Women Enterprise Fund, Youth Enterprise Development Fund and the Uwezo Fund; and the establishment of Huduma Centers, as one-stop shops for public service delivery, were also cited as key the milestones in the report.

The Council of Governors and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission will embark on a voter and civic registration exercise to increase citizenry and stakeholder participation in matters governance and voter registration.
Both institutions are legally mandated to conduct civic education, County Government’s on the understanding of the devolved structure of governance and the other the electoral procedure and systems. It is on this understanding that the IEBC Chairperson Mr. Wafula Chebukati called for a framework for engagement to conduct civic education project aimed at providing citizens with the right knowledge and attitude that will enable them actively exercise their civic duty.
The Chairman Council of Governors, H.E. Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya expressed optimism in implementing a joint initiative based on the fact that Counties already implement Public Participation thus incorporating IEBC civic education would pose no challenge. “I support the proposal for an engagement framework to guide how both institutions will implement this engagement,” said Governor Oparanya.
Speaking in the same meeting, the Chairman IEBC Mr. Chebukati noted that both institutions bear a commonality. “It is therefore prudent that we develop modalities for meaningful partnership and collaboration towards educating the public on matters relating to democracy, governance and election through civic education,” he alluded.
The Vice Chairman of the Council of Governors, H.E. Mwangi Wa Iria noted that the electioneering period in Kenya is characterised by violence and divisive politics. He challenged IEBC to stagger election into two and thus conduct the National and County elections separately in the general elections for the year 2022 to avoid the chaos that normally takes place. Equally, the Chairman CoG called upon IEBC to release the voter register at least 6months ahead of the elections to enhance transparency and voter credibility during the elections period.
Other present during the meeting included Mr. Boya Molu, IEBC Commissioner and Mrs. Jaqueline Musyoki, Chief Executive Officer CoG.
The project will be premised on realizing a democratic system that is issue based, people centred, results oriented and accountable to the people of Kenya as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya (2010), the County Governments Act 2012, the IEBC Act 2011, the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2011 and Kenya’s Vision 2030.

The Council of Governors in partnership with other devolution stakeholders for the 6th successive year held the Annual Devolution conference. This year, the conference was held at Kirinyaga University, Kirinyaga County on the 4th and 8th March 2019. The conference brought together over 6,000 delegates to discuss devolution under the theme “Deliver. Transform. Measure. “Remaining Accountable.”
This is the second time, the conference took a sector approach in line with the Big 4 - Health, Food Security, Trade and Manufacturing and Affordable Housing. In addition the Water and Sanitation Sector was included.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Chief Guest, The President of the Republic of Kenya HE Uhuru Kenyatta affirmed the importance of hosting the Devolution conference where stakeholders meet and discuss issues around the implementation of devolution. “For so long, Kenyans have been debating devolution, its merits and demerits. From what we have learnt, the time has now come to put this knowledge into acts and deeds that transform the lives of Kenyans,” said the President
The Sixth Annual Devolution Conference provided a platform to share the accomplishments thus far towards achievement of the devolution dream in Kenya, highlight the challenges and forge a way forward. As a forum of information sharing, the Conference provided a platform to share best practices in the day to day efforts in implementation of the devolution agenda as well as highlight and celebrate initiatives and interventions that improve service At the National and County level.
County Governments still experience a myriad of challenges in the daily implementation of the devolved functions among them Finances, Infrastructure, policies, human resources and currently corruption. Both levels of Government support the war on corruption as it hinders development at both levels. The theme of the conference centrally places the war on corruption as both levels of Governments must “remain accountable” in all their projects and initiatives.
The Devolution Conference each year is planned by a multi-agency committee and steered by a committee Co-chaired by the Council of Governors, the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs, the Senate and the County Assemblies Forum. This year, the Steering commit was co-chaired by the Vice-Chair of the Council, Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Devolution and ASAL, Senator Irungu Kang’ata; and Hon. Eric Mwangi, Secretary-General of the County Assemblies Forum.
In his address during the Conference, Council of Governors Chairman, HE Wycliffe Oparanya hailed the great work, sacrificial commitment and zeal of the members of the steering committee.
The Chairman also addressed the insufficient allocations and delayed disbursements of funds to Counties by the National Treasury which has paralyzed finalization of development projects and hampered service delivery. “In this second phase of devolution, it is imperative that the National Treasury disburses County funds in time to avoid unnecessary interferences with County operations. Moreover, there are functions that remain unfunded yet they have already been transferred to the Counties, for instance, libraries and museums. Our call for more revenue allocations is informed by the fact that a large percentage of services are provided by County Governments.” he reiterated.
The Conference ended with a 24 point communique highlighting the actions by difference institutions to be implemented over the next one year.
Other guests at the event was the Rt. Hon. Raila Amollo Odinga who gave a keynote address on the second day of the conference and the Deputy President of Kenya, H.E William Ruto who officially closed the conference.
The conference kicked off with a football tournament titled ‘The Devolution Cup’ with three football matches being held and the Senate emerging the winners of the tournament. The Council of Governors played against the Senate while the County Assemblies Forum challenged the CSs and PSs of the Ministries under the Big Four Agenda. The tournament was organized by the planning committee to build cohesiveness between the two levels of Government.

Click here for the communique.

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Successful partnership between Turkana County Government and intergovernmental organisations has borne more fruits after development partner, Norway signed an agreement to extend its support of UNDP devolution project in Turkana.In the event at the...

Nyandarua County Marks International Youth Day

To mark International Youth Day, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has issued 12 greenhouses; 6 concrete mixers; 24 culvert moulds; 25 welding machines; 25 incubators each with a capacity of 528 eggs and a backup generator; 10 hi-tech...

NYEWASCO Extension

NYEWASCO (Nyeri Water and Sewerage Company), voted as the best water provider for eight years running, has 17th February launched a Sewer Extension Program. The Ground Breaking Ceremony was held in four different sites: King'ong'o/Gatende,...

Proposal to Manage City’s Waste Tabled

Kisumu City waste management project got a boost after investors from India tabled solutions on how best the situation can be addressed. Lead environmentalists converged at the county offices to mitigate solutions on waste management techniques....

Shs 200 Million World Bank Grant for Kakamega Roads Upgrade

Kakamega County has received shs200 million for roads upgrade in the County. Most roads will be tarmacked and security enhanced in urban and peri-urban areas. H.E. Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya said this in Shirere Ward of Lurambi Sub-county...

Speech by H.E Governor Ndiritu Muriithi at this year’s world food day, in Igwamiti ward on 16th October, 2017.

Honorable Members of County Assembly,Leaders of various farmer groups and cooperatives, Business representativesGovernment officials,Fellow Farmers, our Children and other participants Ladies and Gentlemen,Today is the 39th World Food Day. This...

Taita Taveta County Boosts Sports

Taita Taveta County Government has sponsored the first cross country event in its bid to boost sports across the county while improving the livelihood of talented youth. Speaking at Danson Mwanyumba Stadium in Wundanyi the Deputy Governor H.E...

Taita Taveta County Deputy Governor Wants Vocational Education and Training Boosted

Taita Taveta County Deputy Governor has called challenged education stakeholders to consider boosting technical and vocational training as they review primary and secondary education curriculums. Speaking during a stakeholder consultative meeting...

Taita Taveta County to Benefit from Kenya Urban Support Program Grant from World Bank

Voi and Mwatate towns will soon get a major facelift courtesy of Kenya Urban Support program sponsored by the World BankGovernor Granton Samboja has signed the participatory agreement and completed the formulation of a county urbanization...

Taita Taveta to reap big from 500 Million USD Investment

Establishment of an export processing zone in Taita Taveta will promote value addition and boost use of local raw materials,  Governor Granton Samboja has noted. The County is set to benefit from a five hundred million dollar grant from China for...

Taita Taveta to Revive Farmer Cooperatives

Taita Taveta farmers have been urged to revive cooperatives to ensure that they benefit from their farm produce. Speaking during an awareness creation meeting on weights and measures with Challa and Njukini farmers in Taveta Sub County, the County...

The Grand Return of Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o

Residents of the lakeside city of Kisumu turned out in their droves to accord their beloved Governor a grand reception at the Kisumu International Airport following his brief absence from his home county of Kisumu as he had gone for three months...

The Gura Hydro Power Project

Governor Mutahi Kahiga on 14th February visited the Gura Hydro Power Project in Othaya. The mega project that is worth 1.7 billion shillings is saving tea farmers 30-40 million shillings which is spent annually on power bills. The Gura Hydro Power...

Wajir County Rapid Immunization Programme

H.E AMB. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud Presided over the launch of 100 days of Rapid Results initiative on immunization at Wajir Afya House.RRI was launched on 27th June 2018 by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the President Flagged off cold chain...

Wajir County to partner with National Government

H.E Amb. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud led Wajir County leadership in paying a courtesy call to Deputy President H.E William Samoe Ruto at his Karen residence. They deliberated on ways to partner with the national government in terms of developing the...

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