About The Council of Governors

The Council of County Governors (COG) is a non-partisan organization established under Section 19 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act (IGRA 2012). The Council of Governors comprises of the Governors of the forty-seven Counties. main functions are the promotion of visionary leadership; sharing of best practices and; offer a collective voice on policy issues; promote inter – county consultations; encourage and initiate information sharing on the performance of County Governments with regard to the execution of their functions; collective consultation on matters of interest to County Governments.

What We Do

COG provides a mechanism for consultation amongst County Governments, share information on performance of the counties in execution of their functions, facilitate capacity building for Governors, and consider reports from other intergovernmental forums on national and county interests amongst other functions (Section 20).

Our Mission

To deepen devolution through coordination, consultation, information sharing, capacity building, performance management, and dispute resolution.

Our Vision

Prosperous Counties that are drivers of socio-economic growth and development and quality service delivery.

Our Values

Collaboration and Partnership, Integrity, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Innovation, Professionalism

Our Motto

48 Governments, 1 Nation


Chairman CoG2019The Council of Governors today held an Extra-Ordinary Council Meeting and discussed critical issues affecting the County Governments and the Nation. We will therefore address you on the resolutions from the meeting;
1. On the current political situation in the Country;
The Council of Governors prides itself on being a non-partisan institution that speaks in one voice. In this regard, the Council notes with concern that the ongoing conflict between the two political divides continues to have a negative impact on counties. To this end, we have formed a nine (10) member committee comprising of;
• The Council Executive Committee are; H.E Anne Waiguru, H.E Ahmed Abdullahi, and H.E Stephen Sang
• (7) Governors namely; H.E Kenneth Lusaka, H.E Fatuma Achani; H.E Mutahi Kahiga, H.E Simba Arati, H.E Joseph Ole Lenku, H.E Wavinya Ndeti, and H.E Ochillo Ayacko

The purpose of the Committee will be to engage the leaders from the two political divides to address the ongoing demonstrations and amicable solutions to ensure stability in the country.
2. On the delayed disbursement of the Equitable Share;
Since the Council’s notice on this matter, issued on 24th April 2023, the National Treasury has so far disbursed February 2023 allocations amounting to Ksh.31.45 billion to the 47 Counties. Currently, the outstanding monies owed is;
• Ksh.29.6 billion owed to 47 Counties for March 2023 allocation.

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Latest News Highlights

The High Court has suspended the recently gazetted coffee regulations, dealing a blow to the Coffee Task force Report meant to kick start reforms in the industry.

The move comes after governors moved to court to challenge the regulations. Governors, through their lawyer Peter Wanyama, had challenged a Gazette Notice that establishes coffee rules under the Crops Act and asked the court to annul it.

The governors argue that the national government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, passed the regulations without public participation.

“Leave be, and is hereby granted to applicants... prohibiting them (1st and 2nd respondent) from implementing the coffee General Regulation 2016,” reads the court orders in part.

The county bosses argue that agriculture is a fully devolved function under the constitution and that they have to be consulted on any matter relating to the sector.

“The National Government’s role in the constitution is strictly limited to policy while implementation of these policies and other agricultural function are a preserve of the County Governments,” said the governors.

This is the second time that efforts by the government to address challenges facing coffee farmer’s is suffering a setback after a lobby last month disowned recommendations of the task force appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying their views were altered to meet interests of the cartels.

National Farmers Federation (NFA) claimed that 80 per cent of their views were changed in unfamiliar circumstances and threatened to move to court to annul the report.

The implementation of the task force report is expected to begin the next few weeks and some players in the coffee industry feel that it is headed for disaster because it has focused on the farmer only rather than the entire industry.

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