4th-Fourth Annual Devolution in Conference in Naivasha, 2017: Kenya

The fourth and the last annual Devolution in Conference  in Kenya in the first five years term will be going down in Naivasha. Here is a statement from one of the governors;

fourth annual devolution conference in kenya 2017

The 2017 4th-fourth annual devolution conference in Kenya was opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta

Statement  by H.E Eng. John Mruttu, Vice Chairman Council of Governors and Chair of the Devolution Conference Steering Committee

It has been three and a half years since we began the long journey of Devolution. We have witnessed the transformation Devolution has brought to the citizens of Kenya. It has been a long walk of achievements and challenges. Today we reflect back on where our journey and look forward to greater development and transformation in Kenya.

The 4th Annual Devolution Conference is a citizen oriented conference where we will hear from ’wananchi’ on what devolution means for them. This has informed the theme for the conference which is, “The Devolution Transformation, Devolution transforming lives, tell your story!”, The Conference will be a scorecard for custodians and stakeholders of Devolution, especially County Governments who are constitutionally empowered to ensure that service delivery in the counties is undertaken equitably, fairly, cost effectively and profitably.

This year’s Devolution conference brings together key actors in devolution. The Conference will be convened through themed- plenary discussions which will consider the following subthemes, Health, Agriculture, Energy and Roads, Natural Resources Management, Education Gender Youth Sports Culture and Social Services, Housing and Urban Development, Media and Corruption. The Conference sessions will provide opportunity to discuss, interrogate and share experiences on how devolution is transforming Kenya.

Last year the Council of Governors engaged in an project dubbed the ‘Devolution Torch’. This is a citizen platform that provides opportunity for ‘mwananchi’ to access, appreciate, celebrate and take stock of the achievements made in the last four years. The Devolution Torch visited nine counties in the first phase of the project. It will be visiting the rest of the counties in the subsequent phases.

The Devolution Torch project has given us time to reflect on the impact devolution has had on the lives of Kenyans. As counties, we have taken stock and commit to address the challenges that devolution is facing. Ours is a resolve to provide the best possible services to our fellow Kenyans.

At the Conference, we will be hosting the Devolution Warrior Awards. The awards will seek to recognise Kenyans, organizations and institutions that have promoted protected and entrenched devolution for the last four years of devolution. The Awards are in seven categories, Service Delivery, Knowledge Management, Public Participation, Gender responsiveness, Peace, Media and the Devolution Warrior of the Year.We recognise, thank and appreciate the people and institutions that continue to support devolution through their policies, skill and expertise.

We call upon every leader and citizen to promote cohesion and inclusiveness as we gear up to the 2017 general elections. Devolution is on course. We affirm that we shall continue the unstoppable momentum to see that our Counties flourish the way Kenyans envisaged when they overwhelmingly voted for a devolved system of government.

Venue of Fourth Annual Devolution Conference

The meeting will take place at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI). The Institute is a middle level college located in Naivasha about 90km from Nairobi. It is registered with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as a TVET institution. KWSTI provides specialized training in Natural Resource Management and Tourism Development in an effort to enhance Conservation, Management and Sustainability of Wildlife Bio-diversity in Kenya and globally.


Official Devolution website in Kenya: https://cog.go.ke

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