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Revenue Commission study shows devolution a huge success despite the challenges

Devolution is the most successful aspect of Kenyan Constitution that was promulgated in 2010, despite the challenges we have gone through, he said.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 07 Sep 2016 14:05 EAT

Devolution has helped to transform the lives of Kenyans with direct positive impact on key sectors of the economy, according to a survey done by Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA).

Chairman of the Commission Micah Cheserem says despite challenges of graft and lack of adequate resources devolution stands out as the most successful aspect of the constitution.

Mr Cheserem cites successes in healthcare and agriculture as key pillars of devolution. He however warns that corruption and competition for power, are the only greatest impediments to the complete success of devolution.

“Devolution is the most successful aspect of Kenyan Constitution that was promulgated in 2010, despite the challenges we have gone through.” he said. He spoke in Elgeyo Marakwet County after touring counties in the region to assess devolution projects.

The CRA chairman noted that Kenyans were feeling and experiencing the positive effects of devolution with only three years into the new system and that given time the country will enjoy equal economic growth including in areas that were previously marginalized.

Mr. Cheserem named Elgeyo Marakwet, among other counties which has made significant achievements in Agriculture, infrastructure and health sectors.

Accompanied by governor of the area Alex Tolgos, he said “Elgeyo Marakwet has done very well in healthcare and efforts should be sustained to build in the positive achievements so that Kenyans can enjoy even more fruits of devolution,”

He further added “We have been investigating to know if devolution has really changed lives and the results on the ground are very positive, health centers have sufficient drugs, previously impassable roads have been upgraded and farmers are benefiting from a number of county projects,” he said.

“Unfortunately side shows of impeachment of governors, fighting of members of county assemblies and supremacy battles between county chiefs and senators have neutralized devolution making it ignored, but I am happy that there is massive development in all sectors on the ground”, he said.

Cheserem said the success in Elgeyo Marakwet is a result of Sh 3.6 Billion it received annually noting it was the best example of how good the devolution system is to Kenyans.

The county, he said will not receive equalization funds noting that it was rich in resources and has great potential in agriculture and oil production.

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