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The Council of Governors held a two-day retreat with Governors and Deputy Governors from 12th to 13th October 2022, under the theme “Public Finance, Procurement and Human Resource Management in Counties: What works?”. The forum sought to appraise the County leaders on the structures, processes and systems that support public finance and County public service management for effective and efficient service delivery in the devolved units. Also in attendance was the National Treasury, Office of the Controller of Budget, Office of the Auditor General, Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA), Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), Development Partners and the private sector.
The retreat came at an opportune time when the third generation of County Governments are beginning their tenure amidst claims of graft, misappropriation of public funds, pending bills and a bloated workforce among other challenges inherited from previous administrations.
“Let us utilize this unique opportunity to learn, share best practices and engage in candid conversations that address the existent challenges grappling County Governments to enable us effectively discharge our mandate,” noted COG Chair H.E. Anne Waiguru while appreciating all stakeholders for their endearing commitment to strengthen devolution in Kenya.
“Both the National and County Governments are distinct but interdependent entities that play an essential role in the implementation of devolution in Kenya as guided by the tenets of our Constitution. Let us work together to deliver on the promises of devolution and realize the dreams and aspirations of all Kenyans,” added H.E. Ahmed Abdullahi, Vice Chair, COG.
The County bosses were taken through County budgeting, County Governments Reporting, and Accountability; Formula for sharing revenue among Counties; Costing, unbundling, and transfer of functions; Tenure of office for County officers including County attorneys, County Secretaries, and County Chief Officers; Categories of staff at the County Governments; Wage bill management in the County Governments; and Critical policy issues in Public procurement.
Governors have time and again decried the perennial delays in the disbursement of funds to Counties, a situation that has had detrimental impacts on service delivery across various devolved sectors such as health, agriculture, water, and education.
It was resolved that the National Treasury ensures the disbursement of funds to County Governments within the statutory timelines to ensure the smooth running of operations in the Counties. Further, the meeting agreed on the following;
1. National Treasury, Council of Governors, and CRA to have working committees to develop position papers on how to handle the payment of salaries of the Early Childhood Educators and classification of development spending;
2. Excellency Governors shall support the Office of the Auditor General in promoting accountability in the management of public funds;
3.The Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee shall ensure that all devolved functions are fully unbundled and transferred to County Governments and the attendant resources to follow the functions;
4. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to work closely with County Governments to harmonize salaries and benefits of all officers in the Counties; and Excellency Governors to ensure that the procurement function is undertaken by procurement professionals as defined by the Public Procurement law.

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