, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – The Government remains committed to making devolution work through formulating and rolling out a requisite policy framework that supports proper functioning of the new governance structure, Deputy President William Ruto has said.
Ruto said that devolution is the most transformative and promising aspect of the country’s Constitution and urged all stakeholders to work together to ensure it succeeds for benefit of all Kenyans.
“Devolution is not an event but it is a process. It is a great promise which we must all ensure that it works for the benefit of Kenyans,” he said.
Addressing a thematic development partnership forum on devolution held at Kenyatta International Convention Centre Tuesday, the Deputy President singled out that some of the policies being rolled out namely; legislative framework, capacity development, fiscal decentralisation and institutional framework for devolution.
He stated that these policies are some of the most significant initiatives that the government continues to undertake insisting that making the devolved governance system work was not only the focus of national government in achieving a key flagship project in the midterm plan of Vision 2030 but one that has support of all Kenyans.
His sentiments were echoed by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru who said that to enhance co-operation among stakeholders, her ministry had continued to provide technical support to the Inter-governmental Coordinating Summit.
“As a ministry, we have facilitated the establishment of inter-governmental mechanisms, including the Inter-Governmental Sectoral Forums, which provide a forum for discussing sectoral policy matters relevant to both national and county governments,” said Waiguru.
She added that following the decision by the Intergovernmental Coordination Summit, members of the Intergovernmental Technical Committee had been gazetted and will hence forth manage coordination matters.
At the same time, the Deputy President pointed out that the National Government working in cooperation with the County Governments had embarked on implementing the Capacity Assessment and Rationalisation Programme.
On human resource development, he affirmed that the National Government will continue to support the County Governments perform their functions effectively through developing their capacity.
“We will continue to provide strategic and concrete steps to develop capacity of County Governments because human resource is critical for quality service delivery,” he said.
The programme, he said, includes a comprehensive skills and competencies assessment and institutional review that will ensure that skills are matched to mandates.
Ruto that one aspect of this exercise was the biometric data capture exercise which registered existing and newly recruited civil servants at both level of government.