President William Ruto on Saturday, Feb. 11, reached an agreement with the Governors’ Council on the legal issues plaguing his administration.
The Head of State has committed to the timely disbursement of funds to county governments and the transfer of all pending delegated functions to county governments.
In return, the governor agreed to drop all pending lawsuits in various courts against the government.
“The Intergovernmental Technical Committee shall expedite the process of identifying, analyzing and transferring all pending delegation functions to county governments in the shortest time possible,” said CoG Chair Ann Weigl. I read the resolution.
Governor Kirin Yaga and Governors Council Chair Ann Weigl at a two-day retreat in Naivasha on Thursday, October 13, 2022
Ruto promised to investigate areas where the state budget is increasing in ministries whose functions are decentralized.
In particular, he pointed to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health, which the Heads of State have pointed out to be a joint function.
“We need to help the county because there is a clear shift happening with decentralization,” he pointed out.
The governor lamented that several overlapping functions have significantly hindered the growth and development of the region.
The county’s performance in service delivery was generally viewed as dismal since the central government took over some functions, they added.
The governor added that the 47 counties are promised a more equitable model of development through effective service delivery and local governance.
During a speech at the 9th Annual National and County Coordination Summit held at the Enasipai Hotel in Naivasha, Nakuru County, President William Ruto and the Council of Governors resolved to ensure that the function is duly designated.
“The Intergovernmental Technical Committee will also identify the impact of overlapping roles between county and national government employees on service delivery,” said Ann Weigl, Chairman of the Council of Governors.
Other tasks include reviewing the impact of socioeconomic behavior on service delivery in county government.
“It delays implementation and denies Kenyans their right to services. We must unite for the cause,” explained President William Ruto.
President William Ruto addresses an intergovernmental meeting with governors at the Naivasha Enasipay Hotel on February 10, 2023.