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President Kagame issues advice on devolution

21 January 2014, 10:13

Naivasha - Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, called for constant monitoring, evaluation and accountability of decentralisation if that format of government were to work.

Kagame was speaking during the opening of the ongoing Governors’ Summit at Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha.

He said that decentralization is an opportunity to seek homegrown solutions to achieve and sustain goals of the respective counties.

“Let us embrace our diversity for the common good,” Kagame said.

He added that devolution required autonomy of local governments and the capacity to deliver on its mandate as well as support from national government which he said is indispensable.

The Rwandan head of state answered questions from governors on how the devolution process had been successful in his country in the wake of it rising from genocide to a successful developing economy as compared to other nations that were relatively stable.

“Development and democracy go hand in hand though development is easier to measure and people must be concerned for democracy to take place,” said Kagame.

The involvement of a free media was also mentioned as a pillar for the success of devolution. Kagame said that media was a “work in progress in Rwanda.”

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Julius Kipngetich, said each county should have at least a county radio station to engage locals.

Kipngetich was among many other dignitaries sourced from the private sector that addressed the governors and answered questions from governors during the plenary sessions.

– CAJ News


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