By COUNTY DIARY EDITOR
THE DISSEMINATION OF KENYA’S SECOND APRM COUNTRY REVIEW REPORT HELD IN KITUI COUNTY.
The NEPAD/APRM Secretariat on 18th November 2020 kicked off the Second Country Review Report which was launched) by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the
the year 2019, the COUNTY DIARY REPORTS.
The group led hon Elias Mbau a board member NEPAD/APRM Kenya secretariat on 18th, November 2020 – held a meeting in Kitui County which was attended by several shareholders.
The Secretariat is having countrywide Forum meetings in over 16 counties where they aim to disseminate information to the public in view of advancing the big four agenda of the president Kenyatta.
Speaking at the forum, Hon Elias Mbau urged county Governors to allow members of the public to evaluate their projects and score cards, and advance the President’s Kenyatta big four agenda.
Speaking at the Forum, Kitui County Officer in charge of Statistics Mr. Reuben Mwinzi said “There’s a gap between the national government and Counties and thus a lot has been left out in the report – There must a well-defined framework to ensure inclusivity”
The county Peer Review Mechanism (CPRM) has the potential of transforming County governance and promoting balanced social-economic development.
AFRICAN PEER REVIEW MECHANISM (APRM).
The Second Country Review Report was borne out of an extensive review process under
the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
The Mechanism is voluntary Governance. “Self-Assessment” by African countries, which was agreed upon by African Union (AU) and adopted in 2003.
The APRM process is an important framework for good
governance in Africa aimed at championing transformative leadership through the
sharing of experiences amongst member countries.
To date, thirty-eight countries have acceded to the mechanism.
Kenya acceded to the APRM in March 2003 and became the first member state to
successfully undergo a second peer review, during the AU APR summit in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia in January 2017.
The first country review of Kenya had been conducted in 2006 under the leadership of former president Mwai Kibaki.
Kenya’s Second Country Review Mission was fielded between October and November 2016
and the reviewing team was composed of independent African governance experts.
The team held consultations with a wide range of stakeholders across the country.
The Review Report highlighted milestones the country had achieved since the first review of 2006. Among them was the promulgation of the constitution of Kenya in 2010 which established the devolved system of government, progressively resolving issues of perceived
The 2010 constitution also established constitutional commissions and independent offices to improve governance and public service delivery.
During the review, Kenya was hailed for its efforts towards economic empowerment of
marginalized groups through initiating various funds notably Women Enterprise Fund,
Youth Enterprise Development Fund and the Uwezo Fund.
Establishment of Huduma
Centre Kenya, as an acne-Stop-Shop for efficient public service delivery, was also highlighted as a best practice worth emulation across the continent.
Despite the strong commendations over the various successes and achievements by
the country, the review mission, and the committee of Heads of State and Government outlined several challenges that Kenya needed to address.
These challenges included the slow pace witnessed in the implementation of the two –thirds gender rule,
terrorism which posed a major threat to national security, the high cost of the devolved governance system including the ballooning wage bill, management of diversity for national unity especially within the devolved units, corruption and the quest for transformative leadership, youth unemployment, poverty, and inequality.
THE NATIONAL PROGRAMME OF ACTION (NPOA)
The National Programme of Action (NPA) is an outline of the President’s commitments on
the implementation of the recommendations of the Country Review Report.
A major development regarding the implementation of the NPA is that its key elements have been incorporated into the Medium Term Plan (MTP) III and the County Integrated Development Plans (IDPs). Following the success of APRM at the continental and national level, it has been recommended that the mechanism be cascaded to the sub-national level. Given this – the NEPAD/APRM Secretariat has established the County Peer Review Mechanism
(CPRM), which is a multi-agency instrument aimed at promoting good governance in the
counties in line with the APRM principles.
Up to eight counties have been selected for piloting of the CPRM in the year 2020. The selection of the pilot counties considered a representation of the eight former provinces of Kenya.
DISSEMINATION OF THE REPORT
During the dissemination exercise, the Secretariat will distribute copies of the 2nd APRM Country Review Report and make presentations on the key findings of the report, NPA
and its linkages to the National and County Planning and budgeting framework as well
as the County Peer Review Mechanism (CPRM) process.
This is the third and last phase
of the dissemination and a total of 14 counties will be visited. The first and second phases of the exercise took place in January and September respectively.