, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 23 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the Cabinet Secretaries and Members of Parliament, particularly the Senate, to work closely to ensure the successful implementation of devolution.
The president stressed the need for careful management of the devolution process in order to guard against disruption of service delivery to the people.
Speaking on Tuesday at State House Nairobi during a meeting with Senators and Cabinet Secretaries, the Head of State called on the Senate to play its role in rolling out devolution by providing the necessary framework especially in building capacity at the county level.
President Kenyatta emphasized; “Institutions charged with the responsibility of devolving structures to the counties must manage the process in such a way that services to wananchi are not disrupted and are in conformity with the constitution.”
Saying that challenges will be encountered in the process of implementing devolution, the president called for partnership between all stakeholders in overcoming teething problems.
President Kenyatta told Senators to enlighten members of the public on the challenges being encountered and the efforts that are being made towards the successful implementation of devolution.
On his part, Deputy President William Ruto said the national government is committed to the success of devolution and called for seamless working relationship between the Cabinet Secretaries and Senators in rolling out functions to county governments.
Acknowledging the critical oversight role of the Senate over county governments, the deputy president appealed to the Senate to provide county governments with leadership especially in budgetary and staff matters.
Ruto called upon the Senate to provide broad guidelines on how much county governments should allocate to recurrent and development expenditures in their budgets.
In attendance were the Senate Deputy Chief Whip Charles Keter and the Secretary to Cabinet Francis Kimemia among others.