The process of developing a Devolution Policy in Kenya began in September 2013 and emerging issues in the implementation of the devolution were identified and are progressively being consolidated into the Devolution policy.
The Devolution workshop at the Kenya School of Government – Kabete was an engagement between the taskforce members and the private sector, NGOs and Civil Society on the 2nd Draft of the Devolution Policy. The Devolution Policy is aimed at guiding the implementation of Devolution in Kenya. KEPSA was represented by the Devolution Sector Committee members.
The devolution policy has five parts namely; background, devolution policy framework, eleven pillars/enables of devolution, implementation framework and monitoring and evaluation. KEPSA presented its memorandum on the amendments and additions to be considered by the taskforce as attached.
Other concerns raised by the participants included enhancing of historical and philosophical background of devolution, public participation alignment with County Government Act 2012 that expressly mentions non-state actors, nature and quality of meaningful public participation, a mention of devolved functions, Equity and Inclusion pillar and Civic Education.
The Cabinet Secretary Ms. Ann Waiguru will also hold a meeting soon with the Private Sector on the policy too. The draft policy will be amended by the task force taking into account the proposals and a third and final draft prepared which shall then be subjected to regional validation at the counties. It will be presented to the Principal Secretary and there afterwards to the Senators and Members of Parliament.
To access the recommendations by KEPSA on the Devolution policy CLICK HERE