Governors start peer learning meeting in Makueni

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana says it is a learning conference where counties will share their devolution experience
The inaugural governors peer-to-peer learning conference organised to help counties benchmark from each other will start in Makueni County today.

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana said this is a learning conference where counties will share their devolution experience.

"This is an initiative to enable counties learn from each other. It is not just about us, it is about all counties. Each county has a story to tell," Prof Kibwana noted.

Council of Governors (CoG) chair and Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok, said the conference will be supported by World Bank, United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid (UKAID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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CoG chair, his deputy Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Prof Anyang Nyongo (Kisumu), James Ongwae (Kisii) and Charity Ngilu (Kitui) are among governors who have confirmed they will attend the event at Unoa grounds in Wote.

Eliminate controversy

The conference will focus on public participation which Makueni County has exploited to make commendable steps.

County's model has won accolades from the World Bank.

"Since we adopted this participatory approach. We have realised that it is working very well. When projects take off, the people are involved before the implementation is done. The locals choose which project to be implemented and they monitor its implementation phase," the governor said.

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This has seen the county establish major infrastructure projects. The Makueni County Secretary Paul Wasanga said public participation has helped eliminate unnecessary controversy long after projects have taken off. 

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