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Governors in crucial meeting over devolution

20 January 2014, 13:02

Naivasha - Governors are meeting at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha for a two day convention to discuss challenges facing devolution and to map a way forward.

The two-day Governors’ Summit ends on Tuesday.

Speaking during arrival at Naivasha, the Chair of the Governors’ Council, Isaac Ruto said that he expects that the premiers will discuss challenging issues and the successes of the past year.

“We are almost a year now even though in terms of operations we are hardly six months old because we started proper operations four months ago,” Ruto, who is also the governor for Bomet County, said.

The summit, which is the first such event to be held and is being hosted by the Nation Media Group, comes at the backdrop of a persistent tug between the national and county governments over a number of issues including the allocation of finances.

Some governors have faulted the manner in which the national government is releasing funds to the counties.

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who is the Chief Guest and whose country has successfully implemented devolution, is expected to open the two day summit.

Speakers from Nigeria and other countries are also expected to grace the summit.

The summit is expected to engage the governors and challenge them to position themselves well in order to reap economically from the various resources that abound in the counties.

“We want to be able to knowledgeable in how we can drive economic growth and that people in the counties feel the benefits and can have ease of access to health services and good infrastructures,” said Ruto.

– CAJ News


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