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Pilot Joint Capacity Building Workshop for Wajir County Executive and Assembly

Participants of the joint capacity building workshop on Public Finance Management for Wajir County Executive and Assembly held in Nairobi from 29-31 August, 2018

CRA in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), County Assemblies Forum (CAF) and the Council of Governors (CoG) held a three-day training for Wajir County Executive and Assembly. Participants included Qatar Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Amb. Jabor Bin Ali Al-Dosari; Governor of Wajir County, H.E Amb. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud; CRA Chairperson, Dr. Jane Kiringai; Kenya UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee; Speaker Wajir County Assembly, Mr. Ibrahim Yakub; several County Executive Committee Members (CECMs), county officials and County Service Board members.

Participants of the joint capacity building workshop for Wajir County Executive and Assembly singing the national anthem

Participants of the joint capacity building workshop for Wajir County Executive and Assembly singing the national anthem

The workshop was opened by the Governor of Wajir, H.E. Amb. Mohamed Mohamud. He informed participants that the workshop aims at improving the skills of county officials so they can deliver more effective and sustainable services to Wajir County. “Wajir County feels privileged to be identified as a pilot county in this capacity building exercise aimed at debunking roles and responsibilities of county executives and county assembly to develop good working relationship between the two levels of governments,” he said.

CRA Chairperson, Dr. Jane Kiringai, welcomed participants as well and informed them that the workshop aims at promoting good leadership in counties.

“The difference in the level of development and prosperity from one region to another is leadership. It is not the amount of money that counties get that make a difference but what counties do with the money they get,” she stated.

CRA Chairperson, Dr. Jane Kiringai speaking at the workshop.

CRA Chairperson, Dr. Jane Kiringai speaking at the workshop.

The Kenya UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee appreciated the work done by Wajir County and encouraged them to keep up the good job. He said that he recently visited the county and saw a big difference compared to when he visited before devolution.

“The speed of change due to devolution shows the great amount of human capital in Kenya. We however need to avoid the debt trap and find creative ways of funding our development projects,” he stated.

Qatar Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Amb. Jabor Bin Ali Al-Dosari thanked the organizers for inviting him to the workshop. He said that he looks forward to working with Wajir County so that it will become the Qatar of the future. HE welcomed Wajir County officials to the Qatar Embassy saying that his county had invested over $700million in Africa and welcomes proposals on investment from Wajir.

“I want to work together with the people of Wajir and my heart is open even as the doors of my house and embassy,” he said.

Wajir County Assembly Speaker, Mr. Ibrahim Yakub, thanked CRA and its partners for organizing this event and said that good working relations between county executives and assemblies are needed for development.

“When there is a good working relationship between the county assembly and county executive, people feel the fruits of development,” he said.

Ibrahim Yakub

Wajir County Assembly Speaker, Hon. Ibrahim Yakub

The first training was carried out by CRA Director of Fiscal Affairs, Mr. James Katule. He spoke on the, ‘Constitutional mandate of county governments with respect to public finance management’ and ‘Revenue enhancement and legislation in counties’. This was followed by a plenary where members asked questions on the CRA ceilings, and revenue enhancement.

Ms. Robinna Kwamboka, Principal Economist at the National Treasury and Mr. John Mbuthi from the Vision 2030 secretariat, spoke on how to localize the national development agenda in counties. They outlined the government’s medium term plans (MTPs) and Vision 2030 highlighting its relationship to the Big 4 Agenda.

Participants were also trained on how to translate the development agenda into county legislation, by Mr. Ken Oluoch of the Council of Governors. He specifically spoke on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), county integrated development plans (CIDPs) and fiscal strategy papers. “The overarching principle of Sustainable Development Goals is that no one should be left behind. Counties should mainstream SDG’s into their County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs),” he stated.

Mr. David Maina of the UNDP took participants through ‘Human rights based approaches to governance’. He stated that there are 4 critical questions for counties to answer as they develop their plans (CIDPs): Who has been left behind? What is at stake? What do they need to do? Counties need to answer these questions as they develop their plans so as to integrate human rights into these plans.

The final day had two presentations. The first was from Ms. Mary Njoroge of UNDP on ‘Leadership and Integrity’. She informed participants that leadership is a key attribute needed in every county. Leadership is based on good relationships and integrity forges good relationships. She added that, “Leadership is the attitude assumed by those committed to achieve a goal and make a difference in Kenya. Leadership is not who you know, it is who knows you and how they see you.”

The last discussion was on ‘Etiquette and Protocol’ presented by Ms. Elizabeth Owino from the Kenya School of Government. She informed participants that good etiquette is important for all public officers so as to avoid conflicts at work. Public officers need to understand other people’s culture so as to avoid situations where they clash. She concluded by saying, “Protocol is needed to avoid inter-personal clashes which may become a crisis.”

The training topics were: constitutional mandate of county governments with respect to public finance management; revenue enhancement and legislation in counties, localizing the national development agenda, translating development agenda into legislation, human rights based approaches to governance, leadership and integrity; and etiquette and protocol.

 

 

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