, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 16 – The Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru formally took office this morning, a day after she was sworn into office.
While assuming office, Waiguru said that she was honoured to serve in the new capacity, noting that the ministry was key in ensuring that the government under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta achieves its objectives for the benefit of all Kenyans.
“I am in the process of receiving comprehensive briefs on the overall planning docket from Permanent Secretary Dr (Edward) Sambili. I will hold similar sessions with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government Prof Karega Mutahi in view of the new government structure that combined the devolution and planning mandates, effectively assigning the Ministry a wider role,” Waiguru said.
She added that the discussions would facilitate the prioritising of assignments and ensure focus as the ministry embarks on its new mandate.
Waiguru observed however that there would be need for re-organization of the ministry as with other government departments and dockets to guarantee effective service delivery, adding that she looked forward to meeting other staff with whom she will serve in the ministry.
“We as a government see devolution not as a choice. It is required of us by the Constitution and we have to be committed to ensure it is implemented to the letter,” she explained.
She stated that the law already provides a framework under which the central government can interact with governors to ensure they are facilitated.
“My ministry will ensure issues raised by governors at their summit with the president are followed up,” she added.
Waiguru pledged to facilitate constant communication with the governors by providing dialogue and a platform for discussions to promote development across the country.
“Devolution goes beyond just allocating and disbursing resources. It is also about powers and responsibilities for governing, which are given to people. As a ministry we will ensure this is provided,” she explained.
The Cabinet Secretary was received at her new office at the Treasury Building by Permanent Secretary Dr Edward Sambili.