Angry Kalonzo Skips Makueni Devolution Conference as RAILA runs the show

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By BARAKA MULI/ YOANA KIMWELE.

The former VP and Wiper Boss Dr Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka did not attend seventh Devolution Conference in Makueni as expected.

The ODM Boss the Rt hon Raila Odinga who has been very close with Ukambani Governors, Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu, Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana the Host, and Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua in Makueni county attended the conference.

This year’s conference seeks to discuss matters climate change cognizant to the fact that most counties are susceptible to impacts of climate change and most livelihoods and economic activities are reliant on climate sensitive factors.

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Kenya’s agricultural sector contributes to 70 percent of GDP in the country in general, counties are developing ways of building resilience to the effects of climate change that have negatively impacted agricultural productivity in different regions.

While opening the conference today, Former Premier Raila Odinga challenged counties to see devolution as an ever evolving system calling on them to educate their population on climate change.

Mr. Odinga noted that 33 counties in the country have so far enacted the climate change policy and legal frame works and the rest were acting on the same.

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He further lauded Kitui, Makueni, Wajir, Isiolo and Garissa counties for establishing county climate change funds,calling on the remaining to follow suit even as the effects of change continue to strike the country.

Raila also stated the need to redefine and renew devolution to make it deliver better to the people noting that old challenges were still a setback and posing pressure on both national and county governments.”Unemployment, deepening poverty and rising cost of living have left our people disappointed and at times angry at their leaders”. He said.

Mr. Odinga opened the forum with Dr. Fred Matiang’i on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta.Ends.

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