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Development priorities for Kenya`s young 47 counties: misplaced or placed?

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Development priorities for Kenya`s young 47 counties: misplaced or placed?

Devolution is here with us chained with responsibilities, aspirations, hopes and a need for a determination to deliver quality services to “Wananchi”. Many of the young (barely One Year old) 47 counties are settling in with strides to achieve economic, social-cultural and technological empowerment. However, some of them are bedeviled with the old killers of development; indebtedness, conservatism, hangovers from the old order and misplaced priorities at both national and county level.

 

As with the highly celebrated constitution of Kenya 2010, devolution is meant to devolve resources and ultimately development to reverse the underdevelopment and inequality as experienced since independence. It therefore goes without saying that proper priorities have to be set in place on key essential sectors; education, water and health. Vision 2030 has also aligned 8 priority areas that would steer Kenya towards economic prosperity: tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and industry, ICT, financial services, energy, human resources development and public sector reforms. So while the counties are engaging in sharing best to implement their five year development plans these national drivers ought to be integrated.

It must also be remembered that the counties are endowed diversely with resources, populations and development indices and thus may be having unique priorities. For instance a feasibility study conducted by the transitional authority revealed that some counties were not even ready to start implementing some services as envisaged in the constitution. Key areas targeted were availability of functions such as health, financial and staff management systems to help the counties better budget and manage risks associated with project management.

It would be important to provide a precise role for citizen participation in the setting of objectives, priorities and budget decision making processes. This would in the process make county agendas more accountable, owned and people led. Similarly, counties ought to initiate best practice performance measures to ensure delivery of service to the people. At the same time, non-tariff barriers and technical regulations, on which counties governments generate and access revenue should be more transparent and aimed to promote and not to suffer devolution.

Article 6 (2) of the Constitution states that the two levels of government are distinct and interdependent and that they shall conduct their mutual functions on the basis of coordination and cooperation. The Constitution has also spelt out resources to be used by each of the governments in discharging their respective functions. Some functions and assets have already been transferred to the counties; it would be interesting to see whether the priorities are in place or misplaced.

Opinion article by Jacob Orina.

Disclaimer: The opinions and or ideas expressed by the writer do not in any way reflect the official position of Tachicom-Kenya.

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