The sixth devolution conference in Kirinyanga provided opportunity for drawing lessons and accumulation of experiences and different innovations across all the Counties.
The conference themed “Deliver, Transform, Measure, Remain Accountable” was pegged on the Big 4 Agenda that is focused on Health, Agriculture, housing, trade and manufacturing.
On trade, and manufacturing, the Counties resolved to promote value addition to products as well as creating employment opportunities for the youth by 2022.
On his part, Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o sited the need to establish innovation and incubation centres and establishment of cottage industries that will enable young people to engage in ventures that are income generating. It was also noted that Counties should review multiple taxation to reduce the cost of doing business.
The conference brought together 47 Counties including Kisumu who showcased unique products which included furniture made of hyacinth, among other items and health services at the exhibition booth.
During a health breakaway session, panelist discussed issues on governance, creation of an enabling environment, as well as health financing.
The speakers observed the need for the counties to embrace UHC and that the initiative is set to provide primary healthcare for all beneficiaries “I think we are pretty well-positioned to take full advantage of the political good will following the much popular handshake and community needs on health to ensure that UHC works,” said a participant.
It was noted that having a healthy populace is a priority of every County Government and thus through setting of realistic revenue counties are able to determine the cost and needs of the devolved services.
BY: Matilda Atieno
Food security was a more sensitive area that called for all counties to invest in commercialized agriculture in the quest to address food shortages in the country