Kirinyaga County Governor, Ann Waiguru, has been re-elected as the Chairperson of the Council of Governors for a second term.
Waiguru’s re-election was achieved through general consensus during a full council meeting held in Nairobi.
Additionally, Ahmed Abdullahi, the Governor of Wajir, was also re-elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the Council of Governors, while Stephen Sang from Nandi was appointed to the position of Whip.
Waiguru had initially been elected as the council’s chair in September 2022.
Following her re-election, she emphasized her commitment to ensuring the full transfer of devolved functions and associated resources to county governments.
Her focus includes
- Increasing revenue allocation to counties,
- supporting counties in enhancing their own-source revenue,
- successful implementation of initiatives such as Universal Health Coverage (UHC), agricultural value chain development, value addition, and trade.
She expressed her gratitude to the governors for their trust in her leadership and pledged to lead the Council of Governors to greater achievements.
Governor Waiguru also highlighted the council’s accomplishments over the past year, particularly in ensuring the timely disbursement of equitable revenue shares to counties.
She emphasized the commitment of county governments to delivering effective and efficient services to Kenyan citizens and fostering improved intergovernmental relations between the national and county governments.
Furthemore, she acknowledged the challenges faced during her first term, including attempts to undermine devolution through retrogressive legislation and the creation of unconstitutional bodies to perform devolved functions.
Therefore, Waiguru called upon the National Government and other stakeholders to embrace consultation, cooperation, and collaboration to enhance the effectiveness of devolution and better serve the people of Kenya.
In closing, she received praise from President William Ruto for her role in fostering a harmonious working relationship between the national and county governments.