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CABINET SECRETARY’S STATEMENT DURING THE HANDOVER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & STATISTICS TO THE CABINET SECRETARY – THE NATIONAL TREASURY AND MINISTRY OF PLANNING

CABINET SECRETARY’S STATEMENT DURING THE HANDOVER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & STATISTICS TO THE CABINET SECRETARY – THE NATIONAL TREASURY AND MINISTRY OF PLANNING

ACHIEVEMENTS OF STATE DEPARTMENT OF DEVOLUTION

The Ministry of Devolution and Planning was established to coordinate policy decisions aimed at supporting the devolution process. Since 2013, the State Department has recorded notable achievements in the area of devolution:

1. All functions assigned to counties by the Constitution have now been transferred. County governments are now fully mandated to deal with local development needs.

2. County Governments have received the necessary financial resources to carry out their functions as follows – well beyond the Constitutional minimum:
• Ksh 210 Billion in FY 2013/14;
• Ksh 226 Billion in FY 2014/15;
• Ksh 287 billion in FY 2015/16;
• Ksh 302 billion in FY 2016/17;
• Ksh 327 billion in FY 2017/18.

3. The Ministry deployed human resource teams and seconded staff from the national government to the counties to smoothen the transition process and fully establish county governments;

4. The Ministry finalized several policies to strengthen the implementation of devolution.

• The Policy on the Devolved System of Government
• A framework for civic education
• Public participation guidelines developed
• National Capacity Building Framework for coordinated, structured and demand driven support to counties to address their specific capacity needs.
• 51 County Model Laws developed to improve the quality of legislation by county assemblies
• Legal Notice to provide for the process and procedure for the Assumption of the Office of the Governor
• Legal notice on the Verification of Assets and Liabilities of the Defunct Local Authorities. IGRTC is handling the verification exercise and has fairly completed reports from 28 counties. This is a challenging exercise requiring lots of resources and coordination with other government institutions.

• Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations: The Regulations are ready for validation. These will be critical for ensuring that the two levels of government do not take each other to court in the first instance.

5. To manage the relationship between the two levels of government the Ministry has operationalized an elaborate intergovernmental framework.

This framework has provided a platform for constructive dialogue through the following institutions:
• National and County Government Coordinating Summit (the Summit);
• Council of County Governors (COG),
• Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC); and
• Inter-sector forums and inter-ministerial forums.

ACHIEVEMENTS IN STATE DEPARTMENT FOR SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

1. Coordination of Drought Responses
• The Ministry of Devolution and Planning has established an elaborate drought coordination framework at National and County level.

The Inter-Governmental Committee comprised of Cabinet Secretaries and Governors for Arid and Semi-Arid areas provides the policy direction.

• In the 2016 – 2017 drought the Government released Kshs. 17 billion towards drought response through the guidance of the Inter – Governmental Committee on drought and security.

The Key Sectors supported were Agriculture, Livestock, Water, Health, Education and Peace and Security.

2. Relief and Rehabilitation

• During the 2016/2017 drought situation, the State Department for Special Programmes managed to feed 3.8 million Kenyans affected by protracted drought.
• In addition to food aid the Ministry implemented Inua Jamii Programme through which cash was transferred to 260,000 households Vulnerable in 13 ASAL Counties. The Ministry spent Kshs. 2.2 billion on this programme.
• Further, the Government was able to protect productive assets and livelihoods of the affected communities despite the fact that the 2016-2017 drought was the worst in several decades.
• As Government, we are satisfied that we managed contain the protracted drought situation. We shall continue to do so.

3. Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP) II

• The Ministry Implemented a 4-year cash transfer programme at a cost of Kshs. 15.8 billion from the Government and Department For International Development (DFID), with Kshs. 15.63 billion having been utilized as at January 2018.

• It benefits 100,000 poor households who face chronic hunger, poverty and food insecurity in Turkana, Marsabit, Wajir and Mandera Counties. Beneficiaries receive Kshs. 5,400 every two months.

• Besides these beneficiaries, the project has a scale up component where additional households receive cash transfers during drought and other calamities.
• During 2016/17, for example, 260,000 additional households received cash transfers to cushion them against drought.
4. Protracted Relief & Recovery Operation (PRRO)
• The Project is funded by the Government and the World Food Programme at a cost of Kshs. 515,208,000 and covers 15 ASAL Counties with total of 705,000 beneficiaries.

• Under this project, about 2,000 community based micro-projects have been implemented in areas such as water harvesting, livestock production, irrigation, dryland farming, tree planting, pasture production, and opening of rural access roads.
5. National Drought Emergency Fund (NDEF)
• Facilitated establishment of a fund for drought preparedness and timely response. The National Treasury has capitalized the Fund to the tune of Kshs. 2 billion.
6. Drought Contingency Planning and Response
• During 2016/17 drought Kshs. 1.3 billion was used to support Counties respond to effects of drought through the Drought Contingency Fund Project funded by the European Union and Government of Kenya.
7. Common Programme Framework for Ending Drought Emergencies in Kenya,
• Facilitated development and launch of Common Programme frame work for ending drought emergencies at National and County levels. This provides long term solution to drought.
8. Challenges
i) Over the past few years, drought has been increasing in both severity and frequency. This calls for increased resources to build resilience of communities to drought and ensure effective preparedness and timely response.
ii) With devolution, drought management is a shared function between the National and County Governments. This clearly has advantages but also pose a problem of coordination.

iii) The short rains of October and November 2017 did not perform well in most of the ASAL Counties and therefore Government interventions need to be sustained until the onset of long rains expected in March/April, 2018.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS OF STATE DEPARTMENT FOR PLANNING AND STATISTICS

I. THE MEDIUM TERM PLAN III (2018-2022)

• Kenya Vision 2030 is the country’s long-term development blueprint that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, globally competitive, and prosperous upper middle- income country with a high quality of life for all citizens by 2030.
• Kenya Vision 2030 is being implemented through a series of successive five year Medium Term Plans (MTPs). The First MTP was implemented during 2008-2012 while the Second MTP covered 2013-2017.

• The Ministry has in place advanced drafts of the main Third MTP covering 2018-2022 report and the 28 MTP III Sectors (specific sectors (25) and (3) Thematic reports.

The Main Report and the 28 sector reports are currently being reviewed to incorporate the “Big Four” Government Priorities as we finalise the 2018/19 Medium Tern Expenditure Framework (MTEF) Budget process.

• The final drafts will thereafter be subjected to a National Stakeholders Forum and the comments received factored in.

The final edited MTP III reports will be published and launched at the end of this month (February 2018). Dissemination will follow.

• At the county level, we have issued Guidelines for the Preparation of County Integrated Development Plans and we are providing technical backstopping to counties on a needs basis.

II. 2019 POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS (KPHC)

The Government of Kenya plans to conduct the next Population and Housing Census (KPHC) in August 2019.

STATUS OF PREPARATIONS FOR THE 2019 KENYA POPULATION AND HOUSING CENSUS (KPHC)

The Bureau is currently undertaking the preparatory work for the 2019 Population and Housing Census since 2015 and to date the following activities have been accomplished;

i) A Cabinet Memo on undertaking of the census which together with the census project proposal were discussed by the Cabinet and approved on 29th May 2017;
ii) Setting up of the governance structures for the implementation of the census which include an Interagency Census Committee, National Census Steering Committee for the 2019 KPHC, Technical working group;

iii) Sensitization of the National Government Administrative Officers (NGAOs) including the village elders in counties on their roles during the mapping exercise to enable them effectively assist the mapping team;

iv) Cartographic mapping exercise (the process of dividing the whole country into smaller units called enumeration areas to help produce enumeration area maps) has been fully implemented in 11 counties namely Trans Nzoia, Kisumu, Siaya, Vihiga, Nyeri, Muranga, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Embu, Makueni, Kitui and partially in West Pokot & Mandera Counties

NEXT STEPS

In order to move the census process forward, the following activities will be undertaken between now and the census (enumeration) date:

i) Continue with cartographic mapping exercise to be completed by February, 2019
ii) Lobbying of political leaders to seek their support for the census process

iii) Finalizing the development of data collection tools for the 2019 KPHC by end February, 2018;

iv) Organize the National Census Steering Committee meeting in February, 2018 to deliberate on and approve a number of documents to guide the implementation of 2019 KPHC;

v) Finalize the Legal Notice for the 2019 KPHC by February 2018; and

vi) Undertaking preparatory activities for piloting of the census data collection tools scheduled for August 2018.