President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are the top guests at this year’s devolution conference to be held in Kakamega county.
CoG vice chairperson Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga Governor) told journalists on Thursday that the President will open the conference on April 24.
She said Raila, on the other hand, will give a keynote speech on good governance on April 25 while Deputy President William Ruto will close the session on April 26.
“Uhuru will also launch the Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP) and the Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) on the same day,” Waiguru said.
“Not only will Ruto give a keynote address but he will also sit in a panel and answer several questions.”
The annual devolution conference is being planned by the Council of Governors, Ministry of Devolution, Senate, Presidency, and the County Assemblies Forum.
Waiguru said the institutions gave the strategic direction, technical and financial support towards the successful planning of the conference.
“All delegates will be required to first make a stopover at the Amalemba Primary School for accreditation to take part in the event,” she said.
The last conference was held last year in Kwale where Uhuru urged the county bosses to work together with the national government in order to achieve the goals of devolution.
“We have done all that is humanly possible to create a lasting experience for all the participants who will grace this occasion,” she said.
Waiguru said this year’s conference will take a sector approach to support the realisation of the President’s Big Four agenda.
They are universal health care, low-cost housing, food security and nutrition and manufacturing.
The conference will equally address cross-cutting themes on Intergovernmental relations, Governance and accountability.
Issues of Human Resource and adequate funding for county governments will also be discussed.