KAKAMEGA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on
Tuesday launched two programs that will see his
government inject 500 million U.S. dollars as
performance-based conditional grants to boost the
capacity of county governments to deliver quality
services to Kenyans.
said the adoption of the Kenya Devolution Support
Program and the Kenya Urban Support Program demonstrates
his government’s commitment to a devolution that truly
works and serves every Kenyan.
combined, will inject 50 billion shillings (500 million
dollars) into your county governments, to help you build
and improve the systems that support your staff, and
your delivery of services,” he said in a televised
address delivered during the opening of the 5th
Annual Devolution Conference in Kakamega in Western
lauded the success of devolution, saying more than 10
billion U.S. dollars was transferred to counties to take
essential services closer to the people in the last five
He said the
successful implementation of the devolved system of
government has proved many “doubting Thomases” wrong.
president observed that eight years ago when the country
ushered in a new constitutional dispensation, few could
have imagined that Kenyans would today be celebrating
five transformative years of devolution.
indeed, many doubting Thomases out there, who did not
expect a democracy as young as ours to so effectively
manage the most fundamental change in our governance
since independence,” he said.
“But to the
surprise of many, in a short period of five years, we
have firmly established a new tier of government, and
held two sets of elections to it,” Kenyatta added.
warned against complacency even as he praised the
success of devolution, saying there is still a long way
to go in truly realizing the development goals set under
the country’s Vision 2030 blueprint.
president underlined the need to utilize the five years
of experience to build on the next phase of devolved
for close consultation, coordination and better
communication between the two levels of government to
ensure continued success of devolution.