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The 6th Annual Devolution Conference Commences in Kirinyaga County

Peter Musila 2 years ago

The 6th Annual Devolution Conference kicked off today at Kirinyaga University, Kirinyaga County. The function will be graced by various guest speakers from different levels in the government among them being The President of Kenya, Hon Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President, Hon William Ruto, and Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya, who is also the Chairman, Council of Governors Kenya.

This Conference will build up from the last year’s meet and allow the Government and its key stakeholders to discuss what they have been able to deliver, the transformation in the previous year and to measure the progress made in the Big Four Sectors.

The four-day event ending on 8th will see the two levels of government engage with Kenyans once again through the 6th Annual Devolution Conference. According to Governor Oparanya, some of the challenges hitting devolution units hard are erratic cash flow from the National Treasury and a bloated workforce inherited from the defunct local authorities and hence the need for the conference.

In an interview today with a local daily, he applauded the dispersal of political power and economic resources from the center in Nairobi to the grassroots as it has seen many counties improve on their service delivery, infrastructure, and human resource among others.

“More doctors, nurses and clinical officers have been employed; more dispensaries, health centers, and level four hospitals have been put up,” he said.

Concerning the ongoing nurses strike, the governor highlighted on the need for correcting the several pieces of legislation, particularly in the health sector that threatens to claw back the gains made in devolution. He said that there is a need to look at them during this session so that they can later engage the Senate for amendments.

Previously, Kenyans have praised devolution for its advantages, which include the ability to support economic and social growth.  With the devolved systems, it has been more comfortable for the country to achieve growth both at national and county levels.

Counties can incubate new opportunities for employment and investments which paves the way for more significant progress.

Through devolution, resources can now be distributed equitably something which has led to significant improvement of various localities in the counties as well as the lives of the citizens.

Source: https://www.tuko.co.ke/264362-challenges-facing-devolution-kenya.html#264362

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