NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 26 – Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri says a lot of gains have been realised in the country as a result of the devolved system of government.
Speaking during an interview, Kiunjuri says the 47 County Governments were set up with remarkable speed setting a global example.
“Devolution is a success story. First of all the speed by which the government was able to set up the 47 County Governments and set up the assemblies in itself is remarkable,” he said.
He revealed that many countries want to emulate the example set by Kenya.
“If you go by the world, the countries that have tried the devolved system, they will always tell you that Kenya did it in a way that was magic to them,” he stated.
He indicated that they are using Kenya’s model to implement devolution.
“We are receiving so many countries here, visitors coming to look at the model and how we came about it. We had the Nepal Government here who wanted even to take our own experts to see how they can implement devolution in their own countries.”
Devolution in Kenya is the pillar of the Constitution and seeks to bring government closer to the people, with county governments at the centre of dispersing political power and economic resources to Kenyans at the grassroots.
The promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 marked a major milestone in the way the country is governed.
It stipulated the dispersal of political power and economic resources from the centre in Nairobi to the grassroots in a process known as devolution.
As a result, 47 County Governments and the Senate were established following 2013 General Election as part of the implementation of devolution.