DEVOLVED GOVERNMENT AND ITS CHANGES

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All over the globe, governments are restructuring themselves to meet its citizen’s expectations. Constitutions are being written; new faces are being elected to offices, officials who under deliver are being sacked. These are just some of the changes governments are doing to be better positioned in service delivery.

Kenya, has also been in the forefront in terms of changes in public governance and administration. With the promulgation of the new constitution 2010, Kenyans ushered in a new form of governance where the central government had to cede some of its powers to the 47 new units of governance. The county governments were created fully functional with county governors as the heads. After the 2013 general election, the counties became functional with the national government having ceded most of its functions from healthcare, early childhood education, maintenance of feeder roads, and collection of local revenue.

At the start, most counties experienced what was termed as “teething problems” which greatly impacted negatively on service delivery to the citizen. Most counties governors have been in collision with their members of county assemblies with some counties failing to pass their budgetary appropriation bills within the stipulated time making it hard for the county governors to implement the projects that they had promised their electorates. ​

However, it is important to note the success of devolution. The major impact has been the opening of once marginalized areas of our country. Most counties especially in the arid and semi-arid lands have been able to open to the outside counties. Most counties that had been deemed harsh to live in are now able to enjoy the fruits of devolution. In counties like Is Isiolo and Mandera, through the devolved systems, they have been able to create airports that have made it easier for the movement of goods and people. Mandera County recently launched its first tarmacked road since independence thanks to devolution!

Then came the recently concluded Kenya general election of 2017.Throughout the campaign, there were inspiring stories of young candidates like John Paul Mwirigi, a 23-year-old candidate who had been campaigning on foot and who defeated the ruling party’s candidate. After winning the Igembe South parliamentary seat, Mwirigi is set to be the country’s youngest lawmaker. In Nandi county, located in Kenya’s north rift valley, 34-year-old Stephen Kipyego Sang made history after winning the gubernatorial seat in the county. Sang was also Kenya’s youngest elected senator.

With these young, vibrant faces in public offices there comes more expectations. The public expects quality, productive initiatives and organizational excellence. They are expected to work efficiently regardless of the many challenges the country faces.  One of these challenges is corruption. Corruption is a major setback to service delivery; it is responsible for declining foreign investments and poor socioeconomic growth and development.

To understand the challenges facing our government, public officials must be knowledgeable of the concerns of its citizens to be able to solve them. The most guaranteed way is to enroll for a Course on PUBLIC GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION.

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By:      Annet Wekesa

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