By Aloice Ager
The Africities planning committees both at the national and county governments are leaving nothing to chance to ensure that Kisumu hosts the most memorable Summit that will record the highest delegates turnout.
The Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili is in Libreville, Gabon leading a Kenyan delegation to attend the UCLGA Central Africa Caucus to make a case for the caucus to mobilize maximum delegates to the summit.
This comes a few weeks after the Governor led a similar delegation to Kigali, Rwanda to attend the East Africa Local Governments Forum Annual General meeting for a similar exercise.
UCLGA which brings together associations of local governments from across Africa is the franchise holder of Africities Summit. The associations are divided into five regions of Eastern, Southern, Western, Central and Northern Africa.
The Central Caucus brings together associations from Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, DRC, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Central Africa Republic Cameroon and Nigeria.
In order to effectively mobilize delegates from all the regions, the leadership host city needs to make a case at the caucus meetings of the specific regions.
The Kenyan delegation is quiet encouraged by response of the caucus leadership and expects maximum representation from the region.
The caucus was led by the Mayor of Libreville Madam Christine Mba Ndutune who’s also the President of UCLGA while the Secretariat was led by the Secretary General Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi.
The Kenyan delegation had Fred Mwei and Sara Kemunto from the Ministry of Devolution and Aloice Ager from the Africities Secretariat.