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 CoG2019

Members of the Press,
Citizens of Kenya,
We would also like to bring to the attention of the Public that on the onset of Devolution, in 2012, there were 8,466 health facilities that increased to 10,032 in 2016. Currently, there are 16,655 health facilities in the 47 devolved units. In 2013, counties found 874 doctors and 6,620 nurses and by 2016, there were 1,302 doctors and 8,903 nurses in the facilities. Currently, there are 4,398 doctors and 31,923 nurses in health facilities.

Further, there is 89% utilization of skilled birth deliveries by women of reproductive age, this is a 13% improvement from the 2014 KDHS reported skilled birth deliveries.

On Child Health, Under-5 mortality rate declined from 52 to 41 deaths per 1,000 live births. Infant mortality rate declined from 39 to 32 deaths per 1,000 live births. 80% of children aged 12–23 months were fully vaccinated with basic antigens.

These are the basic indicators that highlight the performance and successes of County Governments, this notwithstanding the meager resources allocated to County Governments.
In this regard, The Council of Governors notes that the unbundling of functions was completed and therefore requests IGRTC for immediate gazzatement of the functions.

Salary Payments
We also wish to bring to the attention of the Public that Senior Medical Doctors are paid 103% higher which is double the amount that is paid to non-health workers in the public service and other doctors in the Private sector. Currently, a County Senior Medical Officer is paid Kshs. 479,000 as shown below;
• Basic salary- Kshs. 203, 000
• Emergency call allowance- Kshs. 80,000
• House Allowance – Kshs. 56,000
• Commuter allowance- Kshs. 20,000
• Non-practice allowance – Kshs. 60,000
• Extraneous allowance- Kshs. 40,000
• Risk allowance – Kshs. 20,000

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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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