Nakuru County's Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon, Wins Gold in Rio. ... See MoreSee Less
On behalf of the people of Nakuru County, we are very proud that earlytoday morning, our daughter Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon who hails from Keringet ward, Kuresoi South Sub-County bagged a gold medal in the 1500m race in the ongoing Olympics in Rio, Brazil. Kudos Kipyegon you have brought honour and pride to our county and country. I also congratulate our athletes who have gone forth and made us proud during this years Olympics, and i wish all the best to those who will be flying our flag in the ongoing games. Photos; Daily Nation.
Following the Council of Governors meeting today, this is the official statement by our chairman H. E. the Governor Peter Munya. ======= PRESS STATEMENT AFTER THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS MEETING, 15TH AUGUST, 2016, DELTA HOUSE BUILDING 11TH FLOOR Members of the Press, Citizens of Kenya, We address you today after morning of deliberations on matters affecting the 47 County Governments. We all understand that the 2016/17 financial year has just began and County Governments are in their last lap of their first term as autonomous Governments. As the first Governors we understand that our work will be used as a baseline for the subsequent Governors to come and therefore the need to ensure that Counties are efficiently delivering services to the citizens. It is in line with this that the Council has today deliberated on a number of issues including:- 1) Development of Counties specific Performance Management framework as provided for in section 47 of the County Government Act- County Governments have agreed to have a standardized framework for performance assessment to ensure that the general public is able to scrutinize their specific County’s performance process. 2) Rejection of the new Roads Bill- the Council rejects the Roads Bill that is currently before Parliament as it seeks to re-introduce new roads in the classification process. The Transition Authority already gazetted the devolved roads and this process will stall the implementation of such roads by County Governments. 3) Administration of the Equalization Fund- the Council of Governors insist that the beneficiary 14 County Governments must be involved in the identification of projects in their respective Counties. The National Government through the National Treasury and National Assembly have disregarded the Counties plea to get involved yet the specific functions are County Governments’ functions. 4) Implementation of Conditional grants by Counties- We have reached an agreement with the National Treasury on a framework to be used by both the County Governments and the National Government pending improvement. Monies’ meant for County functions shall directly flow from the National Treasury to Counties Revenue Accounts without being transferred to any line Ministry as the two levels of Governments are distinct. Any line ministry involved with the National Policy can only play an advisory role in terms of advising the National Treasury on disbursement of the funds to the beneficiary counties accounts. 5) Access to Bank overdraft by County Governments- County Governments are currently unable to access overdraft services from the Central Bank due to lack of a framework on the same. We as County Governments insist that the only reason we need overdraft services is to curb the constant delays in transfers by the National Government to the Counties. The Council recommends that the National Treasury issues and gazettes the Guidelines as soon as possible to allow for operationalization by Counties. Counties must be able to pay their workers’ on time without delays. 6) National Government’s implementation of Maternal Healthcare through NHIF- The Council insist that in the current financial arrangements of conditional grants through the County Allocation of Revenue Act 2016, this fund is sent to Counties on reimbursement basis. 7) Launchof the official Country SDGs strategy by Kenya. The Country is yet to launch the SDG strategy therefore creating a lacuna where all key stakeholders including Counties are implementing without direction and coordination. The lead institution on this initiative which is the Ministry of Devolution and Planning should fast-track the process to ensure seamless implementation. It is regrettable that Kenya did not participate during the SDG’s High Level Political Forum held in UN headquarters New York where neighboring counties like Uganda reported their progress. 8) Approval of the County Disbursement schedule by the Senate-The Senate is yet to approve the annual disbursement schedule yet this is an important document that necessitates the National Treasury’s process of Counties’ disbursements. The first month of the 2016/17 financial year is over and we are in the middle August without a plan on Counties’ access to its own funds. The Senate must move with speed to approve the schedule to ensure that Counties are not subjected to stalled service delivery yet the Senate’s mandate is to protect the Counties’ interests. 9) Determination of Assets and Liabilities of Counties- It is unfortunate that four years into devolution County Governments are yet to fully know the number of assets and liabilities that are in their possession. The Intergovernmental Technical Relations Committee must move with speed to necessitate the finalization of this process. 10) Cooperative Bill- This sector is fully devolved hence an urgent needfor it to translate into a national Bill. 11) Levies on tea and Coffee for the management of Roads- CESS money will be handed over to the County Tea factories by the County Governments to rehabilitate, build and maintain roads. 12) Sand harvesting impasse- is a developing problem that needs to be curbed especially in Makueni County. 13) ID and voter registration- both levels of governments are cooperating to ensure successful application for national ID’s and voter registration. 14) County Policing Authority- to be operationalized soon after agreements made with National Government on Counties role to head the County Policing Authorities. Signed…………………………. H.E Peter Munya Chairman, Council of Governors
Today at the Council of Governors headquarters attending a normal full council meeting where all the governors have convened to address various agendas and get updated on all council committee's.