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Peer review: Governors learn from Makueni success

By Stephen Nzioka | Published Tue, August 28th 2018 at 00:00, Updated August 27th 2018 at 19:52 GMT +3

Governors have promised to replicate a public participation model exercised in Makueni County in their respective counties. 

Yesterday, the county chiefs were hosted by Governor Kivutha Kibwana (pictured) in Makueni to learn how the county has ensured public participation at all levels.

Prof Kibwana explained the public must approve completed projects before the county government can process payments. 

Speaking while opening the Peer Learning Summit at a Makueni hotel, Council of Governors deputy chair Anne Waiguru said peer learning was an integral part of performance improvement among counties.

“As counties, we must keep on learning from each other because we want to discover the solutions that are working for the purpose of adopting them to improve service delivery to the citizens,” said Waiguru, who is also the Kirinyaga governor.

Her colleagues

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The governor called on her colleagues to take learning missions across the county as a positive thing and for each devolved unit to make sure that they implement its priority areas as per the principles of Rapid Results Initiative (RRI).

She also challenged other leaders to strengthen public participation model for transparency .

“We must challenge ourselves, take action and transparently report to the citizens and the devolution stakeholders on the practical steps that county governments have taken to improve on public participation,” she said.

Public participation was said to be a pillar in realisation of the Jubilee Government’s Four Agenda, attainment of Vision 2030 and the County Integrated Development Plans.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa said corruption was a 'killer disease' in the growth of counties.

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga described devolution as a train that had already left the station, and one that would never be derailed or distracted.

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