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The Council of Governors leadership led by the Chair H.E Martin Wambora on Friday 12th of March 2021, paid a courtesy call to H.E The President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi, where they appraised him on several issues, relating to the current pandemic in view of the rising cases of coronavirus infections, the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in the counties, the upcoming 7th Annual Devolution Conference and the tree growing exercise preceding the devolution conference.
At the end of the courtesy visit H.E The President invited governors to join him as he gave the Fourteenth National Presidential Address on the Coronavirus pandemic. In his address the President laid out measures that needed to be adhered to in order to address the raising cases which had led to an overstretch of the medical facilities especially in Nairobi and neighboring counties. Some of the measures spelt out included banning of all forms of political gatherings; strict maintenance and enforcement of public social health measures for all funerals, return to strict adherence to regular washing of hands with soap and water or use of sanitizers; physical/social distancing in all public places, cremations and other interment ceremonies (which should be conducted strictly within 72 hours of confirmation of death); maintenance of a high state of preparedness through continuous capacity-building and provision of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers across all isolation facilities in the country; continuous implementation of Infection Prevention and Control measures; and enhanced investment in piped and portable oxygen to isolation and critical care treatment facilities by County Governments for better management of severe COVID-19 cases.
The President in his address also lauded the County Governments for their resilient efforts in tackling the pandemic despite the fact that it mutates so rapidly and this can be an overwhelming factor.
“County Governments have been affected as well; COVID had overstretched the County health infrastructure. However, the County Governments stood strong and unbowed. With the help of my Administration, they expanded and upgraded their health facilities. County Governments are now ready to roll out our Universal Health Coverage initiative,” said H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In defending the efforts that the National and County Governments have done so far, President Uhuru recognized the effort of multi-lateral agencies such as the World Bank that have been at the forefront in helping the country tackle this pandemic.
“In the face of this unparalleled enemy, therefore, the approach of both the National and County Governments has been that of speedy action. An average plan executed with speed is superior to an excellent plan executed slowly. Because of our speedy approach, the multi-lateral agencies, like the World Bank, have credited our COVID-19 containment success to swift policy action and bold programme choices. However, our approach has also been a mixed bag of fortunes. We have paid the high cost of bold decisions and profited from the benefits of swift actions,” the President said.
Speaking on behalf of the County Governments, Council Chair H.E Martin Wambora, echoed the President’s statements and reiterated the County Governments’ commitment in ensuring that all health protocols will be enforced at the County level. “On behalf of the Council of Governors and the County Governments, my fellow Governors and I will support the measures outlined by H.E The President Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.
During the courtesy call the vice-chairman of the Council H.E James Ongwae, in briefing the President also took the opportunity to invite The President to the 7th Annual Devolution Conference that will be held in Makueni County from the 3rd to 6th May 2021. In line with this year’s Conference theme, the President will grow the 2 millionth tree. The tree growing exercise is being organized by the Conference planning committee to ensure that 2 million trees are grown by 4th May 2021 in the SEKEB Region, that is; Kajiado, Machakos, Kitui and Makueni Counties.
The meeting with President Uhuru came days after the Council of Governors Council meeting where they deliberated on issues of common interest affecting County Governments. These included the rollout of the COVID-19 Vaccine; the non-release of the equitable share and the upcoming Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project II, among other issues.

 

 

On the 12th of March 2021, KIPPRA launched its Public Policy Repository. This is a one-stop online platform where the public can access all National and County Government policy documents as well as KIPPRA’s research output.
The KIPPRA Public Policy Repository was birthed out of the need to strengthen the research-to-policy linkage while housing all policy documents dating back as far as 1963 under one roof. The content hosted in the repository will include policy papers, sessional papers, development plans, economic blueprints and master plans, presidential speeches and directives, legislation, regulations, County Government policy documents, research publications produced by KIPPRA and links to other select policy research publications. This Repository poses immense benefits to the national and county governments as well as other key stakeholders. It will complement traditional government publishing channels and enhance the visibility of government policy documents on the web to reach a wider readership via free online access.
While applauding this critical milestone by KIPPRA, the COG noted that government policies cannot be developed in isolation. If the myriad of stakeholders present at the event were anything to go by, it was clear that government policies need to be developed through consultations amongst interest groups. This will guarantee policy relevance as well as responsiveness to societal problems. Policies precede legislation. Hence, for any legislation or government action to be effective, it has to be guided by policy. The Council of Governors in its speech listed 5 key strategies which County Governments can engage to generate effective policies. Among them were recognition and alignment of County policies and laws with national norms and standards, conformity with international standards, crafting policies and laws such that they are sensitive and alive to emerging issues, anchoring policy on data and public participation.
Speaking during the event, the Chief Guest, Hon. Eric Wafukho, Chief Administrative Secretary, The National Treasury and Planning, lauded KIPPRA for the great contributions it had made to the achievement of the national development agenda by enhancing capacities for policy formulation, implementation and evaluation within National and County Governments. Further, he recognized the newly launched Public Policy Repository to make Government policy documents readily available to all stakeholders as a step in the right direction.
The Council of Governors in its remarks noted that it appreciates KIPPRA’s role in the development of the County Social Economic Re-engineering and Recovery Strategy and called upon all stakeholders to work together with the two levels of government in the post-covid recovery process for the betterment of all Kenyans. “At both levels of Government, let us continue to build the capacity of policymakers so that both the National Government and County Governments design policies and laws that ultimately lead to the socio-economic development of all communities in Kenya,” said Ms. Rosemary Njaramba, who was representing the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Governors.
The event was also graced by KIPPRA board members, Micro and Small Enterprises Authority CEO, Mr. Henry Rithaa; African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) Executive Director, Prof Njuguna Ndung’u; and the alumni of the KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs), among others.

 

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 12:54

COG, MOH AND NACC ROUNDTABLE MEETING

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The Council of Governors held a three-day joint meeting from 23rd February 2021 with County Executive Officers for health, Ministry of Health and the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) to discuss the status of the HIV/AIDs program implementation in the counties.
During the meeting, an analysis of the status of the HIV/AIDS program in the counties was presented and it revealed major gaps in the roll-out of the program. Prevalence estimates by counties indicated the geographical variability of the HIV burden across the country — ranging from a low of 2.0% to a high of 27.1%. Based on these estimates, 10 counties were identified as those with the highest prevalence accounting for about 65% of the HIV burden. This therefore meant that there is critical need to take into account these variations when developing interventions to ensure they are targeted, relevant and suitable for each county. Further, stakeholders should leverage on existing resources while engaging in resource mobilization activities to ensure that no county is left behind in curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS. The second hurdle faced in the program implementation is the supply and accessibility of commodities for HIV drugs. Out of the 1.2 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya, a good number of them still lack access to antiretroviral drugs. County Governments need to enforce tighter measures to ascertain that there is an adequate supply of the drugs. One of these measures is coming up with policies or legislation that can guide the distribution modalities of antiretroviral drugs to avert the shortage in the counties.
On partnerships, devolved units can widen their resource pool by seeking partners for the HIV/AIDs program. These partners can also offer useful insights on how to utilise partner resources and non-budgeted funds according to county needs. In addition, counties should not tire from advocating for increased local funding for healthcare to support donor efforts. County Governments should ensure more rigorous advocacy efforts have been put in place.
Counties have demonstrated great commitment to providing an enabling legal, social and policy environment to facilitate the implementation of the HIV/AIDS program. Adopting a strategic multi-sectoral approach and actively involving all stakeholders in the health conversation, will not only improve counties’ HIV/AIDs response and prevention mechanisms but also enhance the delivery of health services to the ‘mwananchi’ at the grassroots.
The meeting also discussed the Managed Equipment Services (MES) program which seeks to equip hospitals with state-of-the-art medical equipment and ultimately, improve the quality of healthcare services. A select team consisting of National and County Government officials is expected to conduct an assessment of the MES program. All CECs were therefore encouraged to provide all the relevant information to the team which would be visiting individual member Counties for the overall review of the program.

The three days meeting ended with the County Executive Committee Members of health Caucus electing a new leadership to replace the old guard. The new leadership of the County Executive Committee members of health elected. Dr. Joseph Mbai of Murang’a County was elected as the new chair, deputised by Prof. Richard Muga of Homa Bay County. Ms. Clare Wanyama of Trans Nzoia County was elected as the Secretary General, while Dr. Mahamud Edda of Mandera County took up the Vice Secretary’s position and Dr. Lenai Kamario from Laikipia County assumed the treasurer's position.

 

Tuesday, 06 April 2021 12:50

THE FIRST COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS MEETING

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The new leadership team under H.E Martin Wambora convened its first Council Meeting since their election on 29th January 2021. Under Section 20 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act, the Council of Governors is mandated to among other things focus on discussing matters of common interest among County Governments. During the first meeting the Council discussed the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine, the challenge of non-release of counties’ equitable share which is now overdue by three months (no county government has received equitable share for January, February and March), failure by the National Treasury to remit funds already approved and provided for in the County Allocation of Revenue Act, 2019 and the proposed new program of Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project II, among others.
The arrival of the much anticipated COVID-19 vaccine in the country elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans. For some, it was a glimmer of hope while for others, the vaccine was shrouded in controversy and could not be trusted. Concerns were raised on the counties’ level of preparedness to administer the jab bearing in mind that the National Government had already begun the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout within the counties. At the end of the meeting it was resolved that the National Treasury needs to release the three months equitable share, that the Council shall engage in a structured resource mobilization that ensures all the 47 counties are covered, and that there is need for prompt training and capacity building for healthcare workers.
Health Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mutahi Kagwe, who attended the Council meeting as an invited guest and later jointly with the COG Chair, H.E Martin Wambora addressed the media, stated that healthcare systems at the counties were close to being overrun with ICU beds in Nairobi County already at full capacity. The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Council of Governors promised to review the pre-existing protocols to contain the current wave of COVID-19. The Council through its chairman H.E Wambora, urged all Kenyans to exercise extra caution as a lapse in judgement could be disastrous. Further, the Chairman called upon the president to impose a 30-day ban on all political gatherings, noting that such meetings have now become the ‘super-spreaders’ of COVID-19. “Heightened political activity, if left unchecked, could burden the already struggling health care system,” he noted.
The meeting also discussed the timely release of counties’ equitable share as it is crucial to the smooth running of county operations. Governors voiced their discontentment with the National Treasury attributing the disruptions in service delivery at the counties to debts owed by the Exchequer dating back to as far as November 2020. The Council set up an adhoc committee of H.E Nderitu Muriithi chairman of the Finance Committee, H.E Mwangi wa Iria, H.E Alex Tolgos whip, H.E Anne Waiguru chairperson of Gender Committee and H.E Kahiga Mutahi chairman of Education Committee resolved to engage the National Treasury to establish the best way to resolve the cash crunch. The meeting also discussed the disbursement of funds for the Kenya Urban Support Programme and the Kenya Devolution Support Programme. These programmes are instrumental in counties’ development and strengthening of the institutional frameworks and thus a top priority.
At the joint press conference jointly with the CS Hon Mutahi Kagwe, the chairman of the council noted that in the wake of the third wave of COVID-19 infections in the country, all Kenyans have to take personal responsibility and exercise vigilance in observing the COVID-19 protocols and reiterated the County Governments’ commitment to flattening the curve and championing for the cause of devolution.

County Governments want inclusion in the technical team developing the National Land Information Systems NLIS. The Chairperson of the Urban Development, Housing, and Planning, Energy, Infrastructure and Lands committee at the Council of Governors H.E Lee Kinyanjui said the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning should fast track the registration process so that all Public Land belonging to County Governments are registered under the devolved units. He proposed a team from the Council of Governors to be incorporated in the technical team developing the National Land Information Systems and registration process.
H.E Kinyanjui said this will ensure the County Governments' concerns are addressed and leases for all Public Land belonging to the County Governments have County Governments as the lessors and rent paid to the County Governments.
“I would like to call upon the CS Lands to speed up this process, because we need to know all details to enable the recovery of all public land within our counties that have been grabbed. I also suggest a team representing the counties to be incorporated so as to ensure fairness in addressing our issues”, he said.
H.E Kinyanjui was speaking during a high level consultative meeting held at a Nairobi hotel that brought together representatives from the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, the European Union, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Council of Governors. The meeting explored the way forward on the Implementation of the National Land Information Management System (NLIMS) in Counties.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman Council of Governors, H.E Martin Wambora welcomed the initiative saying it will enhance transparency in land records, streamline land management issues by offering a single window to handle land records, maintenance and update of maps, survey and registration of property.
“On behalf of counties I welcome this initiative by the ministry to digitize all land records in the Country and modernize the land management system so as to avoid the perennial complaints about land documents going missing at the Ministry, “said H.E Wambora.
The NLIMs is a culmination of several unsuccessful attempts to enhance efficiency, transparency and accountability in land transactions that began in 2002.
Also present at the meeting were the Vice Chair H.E James Ongwae, CS Lands and Physical Planning Ms.Faridah Karoney, PSs Mr. Enoch Onyango and Dr. Nicholas Muranguri and CAS Hon. Alex Mburi .
CS Lands and Physical Planning Ms. Faridah Karoney, said the NLIMS comprises of sub-systems that would support all processes usually encountered in land administration and management including but not limited to guaranteeing land tenure rights, documenting responsibilities, restrictions and risks, valuation and taxation, property registration and land use regulation in relation to a particular parcel of land (plot).
“I believe that this system coupled with the lessons learnt from Nairobi County Government on the digitization process should inform the roll out of the system to other 46 Counties”, she said The meeting comes after a subsequent one by the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning and County Executive Committee Members (CECMs) In charge of Lands and Physical Planning and the County Directors In charge of Physical and Land Use Planning.

County Governments are expected to get Sh370 Billion in this year's budget, an increase from Sh316.5 Billion they were allocated in the 2020/2021 financial year. This is after an adjustment of revenue growth amounting to Ksh53.5Billion as follows; Ksh 36 Billion from revenue growth and Conversion of four Conditional Grants amounting to Ksh 17 Billion, that is, Ksh 4.32Billion Conditional allocation for Level 5 Hospitals, Ksh. 0.9 Billion Compensation for User fees foregone, Ksh 2.0 Billion Rehabilitation of Youths Polytechnic and Ksh. 9.8 Billion Road Maintenance Levy Fund.
This was resolved during the 14th Ordinary Session of Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) meeting held on Wednesday 10th February 2021, chaired by Deputy President H.E Dr. William Samoei Ruto, and attended by Amb. Ukurn Yattani, Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury and Planning, Charles Sunkuli,Principal Secretary Ministry of Devolution and ASALs,Chairperson, Commission on Revenue Allocation,Dr. Jane Kiringai and the Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang'o. aslo in attendance was the chairperson Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Representatives from Ministry of Education, Council of Governors led by H.E Ndiritu Muriithi, Chairman, Finance Planning and Economic Affairs committee, H.E Prof. Paul Chepkwony, H.E Prof. Anyang' Ny'ongo, County Executive Committee Members of Finance among others.
Counties will also be at liberty to borrow up to Ksh60 Billion to bridge the shortfall in development expenditure in the current budget, in light of the resolution made during the IBEC meeting.
The increment was as a result of the Presidential pledge to allocate County Governments an additional Ksh 53.5 Billion for the FY 2021/2022 during a meeting held at State House on 15th September 2020 and the Senate resolution on the Third Basis for allocation among the counties on the share of national revenue that is annually allocated to the county level of government for the financial years 2020/2021 to 2024/2025.
The additional funding shall ensure no county shall receive in any financial year, an amount of shareable revenue that is less than the amount of shareable revenue received by the county in the financial year 2019/2020.” stated the Senate Resolution. The increase in allocation to County Governments is expected to improve development at the County Level.

County Governments have begun the process of lobbying for review and revocation of legislation that undermine devolution. The Governors are raising concern over their exclusion in the formulation and passage of key legislations, intended to govern and regulate the Agriculture Sector. In a consultative meeting held in Naivasha with the Ministry of Agriculture, USAID, Agriculture Sector Network (ASNET) and the Coffee Sub sector Reforms Implementation Standing Committee (CSRISC), the Governors decried the usurping of their role in legislative processes in the Agriculture sector.
They singled out the Tea Act N0. 23 of 2020 whose enactment sparked outcry and protests from tea farmers. The farmers are rejecting the law for denying them the right to sell their tea directly and giving excessive powers to tea boards. The Governors in the meeting said the Council of Governors will seek dialogue with H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta on the implementation of the Tea Act with the view to resolve the issues raised by the Council and thereby put the Tea industry into low development trajectory.
The Governors appreciate the strides made in transforming the agriculture sector but are concerned that their function of formulating laws and policies for the devolved sector has been taken up by the ministry. This has seen the development of legislations that are discriminatory and in violation of the constitution.
Agriculture remains the primary driver of Kenya's economic growth. According to a recent report by USAID, approximately 75% of Kenyans earn a living from this sector and it contributes 33% to the nation's gross domestic product (GDP).
The sector plays a pivotal role in achieving food security, which is part of the government's Big 4 agenda, as well as the realisation of Kenya's vision 2030.
The meeting with the stakeholders in the Agriculture sector, sought to deliberate on emerging issues and establish mutually beneficial partnerships.
The Governors also expressed concern over the continued delay in disbursements of funds by the national Treasury which has derailed most development projects at the counties. The Council reiterated its call, of resources following functions, especially in the Agriculture sector where most of the resources are channeled to National Government departments and agencies.
The Chairperson of the Agriculture Committee at the Council of Governors H.E James Nyoro welcomed the continued partnerships citing them as instrumental to the success of devolved units.
“We note that the need to transforming agriculture requires collaborative effort between the two levels of government, development partners and the private sector,” he said. The Governors said the Council will enhance its partnerships with the private sector and institutions such as USAID towards the growth of the Agriculture sector.

Friday, 05 February 2021 15:45

LEARNING IN ECDE CENTERS POST COVID-19: WHAT NOW?

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School children at Early Childhood Development and Education ECDE centres across the counties are in urgent need of face masks for safe learning. An assessment spearheaded by the Council of Governors COG in a number of counties, revealed an urgent need for over 1 million masks for the millions of learners at these centres. The assessment visits were held in Meru, Isiolo,Laikipia,Nyeri,Nakuru, Uasin Gishu,Elgeyo Marakwet,Trans Nzoia,Kisumu, Nyamira,Nandi,Kisii and Homabay Counties between 11th and 22nd January 2021.
This followed the reopening of the centres after 10 months of closure due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The suspension of learning in all educational institutions affected 18 million learners across the country, including 2.73 million early childhood learners and 135,550 trainees in County ECDE and Vocational Training Centres respectively.
The Ministry of Education directed the reopening of all learning institutions on January 4th 2021 under tight Covid 19 health and safety protocols. COG embarked on an assessment of the implementation of measures towards safe learning by respective County Governments. The visits sought to also establish compliance by the ECDE Centres to the Guidelines on Safe Reopening and Resumption of Learning. A data collection and assessment tool was employed in identifying best practices and local solutions towards the safe reopening of the Centres.
The visits were coordinated by the County Directors in charge of ECDE through the County Executive Committee Members CECMs in charge of Education. The assessment sampled two ECDE Centres per County. A total of 32 County Early Childhood Development & Education Centres in 12 Counties were assessed.
The data analysis revealed that 79.02% of the learners that had enrolled at the public ECDE centres in January 2020 resumed learning. This represents 1,407,674 learners out of 1,781,416 learners that had registered at the beginning of last year. Additionally, 28,887 Centres out of 29,130 County ECDE Centres across all 47 Counties representing 99.17% of all public ECDE Centres reopened for learning. Further, 74.2% of all learners in public ECDE Centres have reported to school with facemasks. This represents 1,321,810 learners enrolled in County ECDE Centres, however, 84% of all learners in public ECDE Centres need age-appropriate facemasks. This accounts for the need for 1,505,526 facemasks for learners in public ECDE Centres
Counties may now engage the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to track the children who have not resumed learning. Sensitization fora will be ideal in enlightening parents on the revised 2020/2021 academic calendar. Regular provision of clean running water across the counties remain a huge challenge hampering hand washing and sanitation. The centres also require the development and dissemination of child-friendly IEC materials. This can be achieved by building the capacity of ECDE teachers on the Competency Based Curriculum and developing a tracking matrix of all resource needs by the affected County ECDE Centres.

Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:57

GOVERNORS FETE OUTGOING CHIEF JUSTICE

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Chairman of the Council of Governors  H.E Hon Wycliffe Oparanya has hailed the retired Chief Justice David Maraga for his boldness, and commitment to the rule of law. In a farewell luncheon organized by the Council, H.E Oparanya described Hon Maraga as a servant leader whose tenure saw the growth of jurisprudence. “Undeniably the era of His Lordship has made an unprecedented impact on the evolution of the Judiciary. He has worked tirelessly, compassionately, with humility to transform the Judiciary”, the COG chair remarked. He noted that Hon Maraga had restored faith and confidence in the Judicial system through his progressive style of leadership. The retired Chief Justice acknowledged the role Devolution has played in improving the Governance structures however cautioning the County bosses on the need to uphold integrity at all times. He urged them to ensure they fight to ensure equitable share of resources between the two levels of Government.
“At the national level, although the Legislature and the Judiciary play critical roles, the primary responsibility of implementing the Constitution rests with the Executive arm of government. It is mainly the Executive that has to formulate and execute appropriate implementing policies. At the County level, your Excellences are the heads of the County Executives. It is therefore your responsibility to formulate appropriate implementing policies to equitably share the county resources to all parts of the county,” he said.
The County Governments and the Judiciary have enjoyed strong partnership over the past 5 years. The Counties have experienced fair and independent judgment from the Judiciary. The Decision of the Supreme Court Advisory Reference No.3 of 2019 put to an end the perennial Standoffs during Division of Revenue between the two levels of Government.
The CoG Chairman described CJ Maraga’s tenure as a devolution friendly tenure that truly protected Devolution especially through the advisory. “In his words as quoted in the advisory, honorable David Maraga stated that, “As the Apex Court in this Country, it behoves us, nay, we are obligated by Article 259 of the Constitution, to have a global view of the problem giving rise to this reference and give the Country appropriate direction. To do otherwise would be a dereliction of our duty and obligation to the Kenyan people,” quoted Governor Oparanya.
Chief Justice Maraga retires as a hero and a champion of the people. A man that has been celebrated as a stickler for the rule of law. The President of Law society of Kenya Nelson Havi described it an honor for the retired CJ to receive praise while still alive.
In attendance were several Governors, CJ Maragas wife (Yucabeth), Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu,Devolution CS Hon Eugene Wamalwa, Members of Parliament and Heads of Independent commissions among other leaders.

Governors are asking the Trade Unions representing healthcare workers, to engage respective County Governments to end persistent strikes. Addressing Managing Editors drawn from different media houses, the Governors said most of the grievances raised by the striking healthcare workers were county specific and would be resolved amicably through such an engagement.
Council of Governors, Chairman H.E Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya reiterated the need for negotiation devoid of hard-line positions citing dialogue as an instrumental tool in putting an end to the perennial strikes witnessed in the health sector. H.E Oparanya expressed regret that the health workers had downed their tools when the country is still grappling with the crisis occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This strike is illegal and a violation of the right to life and the right to access to healthcare as provided under Article 26 and 43 of the constitution”, he said, warning of a potential crisis for patients. He said Counties may be forced to hire new health workers if the strike persists.
The Chairman of the Human Resource Committee at the Council, H.E James Ongwae said the increase in allowances demanded by the health workers would require a huge budget allocation. He said Counties are currently constrained financially. He said any increase would require the approval of the salary and remuneration commission SRC and commitment by the National Treasury to provide the resources. He however noted that some of the demands by the striking workers were untenable.
Devolution of the health sector has seen improvement of salaries and allowances for various staff. Registered clinical officers in job Group H who are diploma holders earn a gross pay of Kshs.56, 130, nurses with a certificate earn Kshs. 49,370 at entry level. The figures have risen over the years and most now are at Kshs83,380 and Kshs.71,870 following the 2017 collective bargaining agreement. Doctors have also benefitted from trade union negotiations which has seen their gross pay increased to Kshs234,750 monthly. This excludes allowances. H.E Ongwae said currently health workers are the highest paid in comparison to Teachers, Economists and Engineers.
Health workers are demanding corona virus protective gear, better pay, medical insurance cover. A number of health workers have succumbed to COVID-19 prompting the agitation. The Governors were speaking at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Council of Governors for Managing Editors at a Nairobi Hotel. The Governors acknowledged the media as a key partner in the Devolution matrix, assuring to always share information to enable it disseminated to the public in a timely and factual manner.

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