Devolution Conference to go on as Planned
The 7th Devolution Conference will go on as scheduled despite concerns over a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.
The Council of Governors (CoG) has today confirmed that the Conference that had been postponed twice since the outbreak of the pandemic will be held on 23rd – 26th August at Makueni Boys’ High School.
The conference which is arguably President Uhuru Kenyatta’s last as the head of state going into 2022 general will be used as an evaluation of gains made by devolution since its rollout after the 2013 general elections that brought President Kenyatta to office.
“We want to thank you and seek your support for this conference which is the final annual devolution conference before we go into the next general elections,” said cabinet secretary for devolution, Eugene Wamalwa who was in attendance.
In a statement, CoG Chairperson Martin Wambora allayed Covid-19 fears saying the council is working with the Ministry of Health towards ensuring strict adherence to health guidelines.
“To actualize this, the COG in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Makueni County has rolled out a massive vaccination drive. Currently, there is an ongoing vaccination drive at COG offices to ensure that all registered delegates are fully vaccinated,” read the statement from CoG.
He made the remarks after a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Devolution and their counterparts from the Ministry of Health.
In preparation for the conference, the national government in conjunction with the county of Makueni has seen them receive more vaccines for the county residents that includes even those not attending.
“Makueni has received probably more vaccines than any other county in recent times so that we can upscale vaccinations even for people who will not attend the conference but the focus will be those who will attend whether they are delegates or service providers or media or anybody who will be in the precinct of the conference must have the two doses,” said Governor Kivutha Kibwana of Makueni county during the brief presser
As part of efforts to ensure compliance, the council has said there will be no onsite registration.
The listing exercise is being conducted online and is scheduled to close on August 17.
The overall annual conference theme is Multi-level governance for climate action and the guiding theme: Sub-National mobilization in unlocking the full potential of climate action in the Post Covid-19.
The conference was postponed indefinitely last year following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.
It was later rescheduled to take place in Makueni County from April 20 to 23 before it was postponed for a second time.
Only a total of 1,000 delegates are expected to attend the conference with CoG saying all the attendants must be vaccinated.