An Introduction to the County Governments of Kenya

 1.0 Introduction

The Kenya County Governments Devolved Structure

Figure: The Kenya Comprehensive Devolved Government Organization Structure based on Institutions

The quest for a devolved system of governance in Kenya popularly referred to, as ‘ugatuzi’ has been a longstanding one. The promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (CoK 2010) on 27 August 2010 paved way for realization of the “dream” system of governance.Chapter Eleven (CAP 11) of CoK 2010 – Devolved Government specifically provides for the setting up of the County Governments .

Chapter  spells out the various principles of devolved government that includes democratic ideals and the separation of powers. County governments will be facilitated reliable sources of revenue to enable them govern and deliver services effectively and that no more than two-thirds of the members of representative bodies in each county government shall be of the same gender.

Despite these bold provisions, most Kenyans and other learners are still struggling to understand what “Ugatuzi wa mamlaka” really means. The objective of this article  is to overcome that challenge in the knowledge gap.

1.0.1  Approaches to organizing the governance and management of state power

A constitution is the supreme law of the land that organizes and manages governance and state power. It defines, distributes and constrains the use of state power and provides a power map for the construction of the society and the running the affairs of state. There are two approaches to the organization of governance and management of state power that is:

i.single-dimensional approach;

ii. multi-dimensional approach

The single-dimensional approach which follows a one-way horizontal dimension in its organization and management of governance and state power. It produces a centralized system and structure of government and is based on concentration of power. The multi-dimensional approach which organizes and manages governance as well as state power along multiple lines. It defines, distributes and constrains the use of state power along multiple lines. It combines vertical,  horizontal, lateral dimensions and forms the foundation of devolved systems and structures of government. It is founded upon the concept of decentralization and devolution of power. According to Article 10(2)(a) of theCoK 2010, devolution and sharing of power were identified as values and principles that would guide Kenya Governance system. This meant that Kenyan majority voters of 67%  in the Referendum of 2010 approved the multi-dimensional approach.

1.0.2 What is Devolution and How is it Different From Decentralization?

Devolution is actually a form of decentralization. Decentralization is about transferring of selected functions from a central authority to the lowest feasible structure. Devolution entails the ceding (legal act giving) of power from a Central Authority  to Local Authority, the state powers of  revenue collection and expenditure among others. In Kenyan case  the current Centralized System Government headquartered in the Capital City of Nairobi will transfer power to  the 47 Counties listed on the First Schedule of CoK 2010. Each of these Counties will form the County Governments comprising of the County Assemblies and County Executives with  State powers of legislature – law making and Executive – Implementing  the Laws and Policies respectively.

Decentralization is not new concept in Kenya. It has been taking place from the time Kenya gained independence from the British in 1963. Although with power being centered on the national government as opposed to other decentralized units, and with no real opportunities for citizen’s participation. The Late First President Jomo Kenya and his successor Retired President Daniel Arap Moi through ruling political Party of Kenya National African Union (KANU) Government initiated programmes such as the District Focus for Rural Development and Local Authorities. Their actions did little to promote decentralization as the national government was controlling  all budget resources. Similar governance systems have been perpetuated by both the Coalition Governments of former President Mwai Kibaki namely:  National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) after peaceful General Election of 2002 that dislodged KANU from power after 40 years reign. Party of National Unity (PNU) and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Coalition with two Principals President Kibaki and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga mediated by Kofi Annan, the former Secretary – General of United Nations after the disputed  Presidential General Election of 2007.

Back to Chapter Eleven –  Devolved Government. It provides for the development of legislative frameworks that will guide State Organs of Kenya transition to the devolved system.To guide this process, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Government through Gazette Notice 12876 of October 2010 appointed Task Force on Devolved Government (TFDG) chaired by Professor  Mutakha Kangu. TFDG after one year accomplished its mandate published in September 2011  “Volume I: Report on Implementation of  Devolved Government in Kenya”. TFDG adviced the Kenya Government on various policies, legislative and administrative measures that must be implemented for effective operationalization of devolved government as envisaged CoK 2010. TFDG recommended  legal frameworks for devolving power for effective local development.

The TFDG  drafted Bills that have been enacted by 10th Parliament namely: the Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011 –  this will repeal Local Government Act Chapter 265 and transferred the control of Cities and Municipalities to County Governments, the Intergovernmental Relations Act 2012 and Transition to County Governments Act 2012 and County Government Act 2012. Building Blocks for Cooperation and Competition among Counties in Kenya

 Figure: Building Blocks for Cooperation and Competition among Counties in Kenya Concept of Devolved Government and Decentralization: 47 Counties Of Kenya

Figure: Boundaries Map of the 47 County Governments of Kenya The Kenya County Governments Devolved Structure


County Assembly Structure

Figure: County Governments Organization Structure based on State Officers – Legislature


The Transitional Regime

The Railas, Kalonzos, Musalias and rest of their generations had a fascinating glimpse into life in Kenya under the new constitutional dispensation. Akin to the Biblical Moses with children of Israelites, Kenyans arrived safely. These distinguished citizens performed their job satisfactorily and accomplished the mission.

Kenyans will always honour them for heroically struggling to bring freedom and justice to our land. However they should forget the dreams about the Statehouse of Kenya. This case has no appeal! These are my views as a student of History and I am not holding brief for somebody.

To ensure the effective implementation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (CoK 2010) the Commission for Implementation of the Constitution was established as an independent Commission under 6th Schedule of CoK 2010; and also other Institutions.

 The Pioneer Ruling Class

President H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta is the fourth and current president of Kenya. He was inaugurated on 9th April 2013 after the 2013 General Election together with his running-mate, now The Deputy President Hon. William Samoei Arap Ruto. President Uhuru Kenyatta is first President of the Devolved Government System with 1 (one) National Government and 47 (Forty Seven) County Governments that became operational in Kenya.

Karl Marx wrote that “history repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” The author of this article hopes this doesn’t go the way of Prophet Samuel and the Israelites in Canaan. We love our digital leaders.

CoK 2010 implementation running at full throttle we have more institutions with clear mandate to ensure success of Devolution. For instance The Senate, Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) others have been anchored in already existing frameworks. In addition some have been transformed to comply with new dispensation these are: The National Treasury collaborating with the Independent Commissions and Auditor General (AG), Budget Controller to name a few.

Below is table of the County Governments in Kenya. We have analyzed by Name, Province where it is located , Name of the Governor and the Deputy Governor, Political Party ticket to which the Governor was elected, Area in Km2, Population Census 2009 and Headquarters.


County Province Governor Deputy Governor Political Party Area (km2) Population
Census 2009
Mombasa Coast Hassan Ali Joho Hazel Ezabel Nyamoki Ogunde ODM 212.5 939,370 Mombasa (City)
Kwale Salim Mvurya Fatuma Mohamed Achani ODM 8,270.3 649,931 Kwale
Kilifi Amason Kingi Kenneth Mwakombo Kamto ODM 12,245.9 1,109,735 Kilifi
Tana River Tuneya Dado Jire Siyat Mohamed WDM-K 35,375.8 240,075 Hola
Lamu Issa Timamy Erick Kinyua Mugo UDF 6,497.7 101,539 Lamu
Taita-Taveta John Mtuta Mruttu Mary Ndiga Kibuka ODM 17,083.9 284,657 Voi
Garissa North Eastern Nathif Jama Adan Abdullahi Hussein Ali WDM-K 45,720.2 623,060 Garissa
Wajir Ahmed Abdullahi Mohamad Abdulhafid Abdullahi Yarow ODM 55,840.6 661,941 Wajir
Mandera Ibrahim Roba Ali Omar Mohamed Maalim URP 25,797.7 1,025,756 Mandera
Marsabit Eastern Ukur Yattani Omar Abdi Ali ODM 66,923.1 291,166 Marsabit
Isiolo Godana Doyo Mohamed Gulleid Abdille URP 25,336.1 143,294 Isiolo
Meru Peter Munya Raphael Muriungi APK 6,930.1 1,356,301 Meru
Tharaka-Nithi Samuel Mbae Ragwa Eliud Mate Muriithi TNA 2,409.5 365,330 Chuka
Embu Martin Nyagah Wambora Dorothy Nditi Muchungu TNA 2,555.9 516,212 Embu
Kitui Julius Malombe Malonza Peninah WDM-K 24,385.1 1,012,709 Kitui
Machakos Alfred Mutua Benard Muia Tom Kiala WDM-K 5,952.9 1,098,584 Machakos
Makueni Kivutha Kibwana Adelina Ndeto Mwau MP 8,008.9 884,527 Wote
Nyandarua Central Daniel Waithaka Mwangi Waithaka Mwangi Kirika TNA 3,107.7 596,268 Ol Kalou
Nyeri Wamathai Samwel Githaiga Wamathai Samwel Githaiga GNU 2,361.0 693,558 Nyeri
Kirinyaga Joseph Kathuri Ndathi Julius Muthike Njiri TNA 1,205.4 528,054 Kerugoya / Kutus
Murang’a Mwangi wa Iria Augustine J Gakure Monyo TNA 2,325.8 942,581 Murang’a
Kiambu William Kabogo Gerald Gakuha Githinji TNA 2,449.2 1,623,282 Thika
Turkana Rift Valley Josphat Nanok Peter Ekai Lokoel ODM 71,597.8 855,399 Lodwar
West Pokot Simon Kachapin Kitalei Titus Lotee KANU 8,418.2 512,690 Kapenguria
Samburu Moses Lenolkula Kasaine Joseph Lemarkat URP 20,182.5 223,947 Maralal
Trans Nzoia Patrick Khaemba Stanley Kiptoo Kenei Tarus FORD-KENYA 2,469.9 818,757 Kitale
Uasin Gishu Jackson Kiplagat Mandago Daniel Kiplagat Kiprotich URP 2,955.3 894,179 Eldoret
Elgeyo-Marakwet Alex Tanui Tolgos Gabriel Lagat Kosgey URP 3,049.7 369,998 Iten
Nandi Lagat Cleophas Dominic Kimutai Biwott URP 2,884.5 752,965 Kapsabet
Baringo Benjamin Cheboi Chesire Mathew Kipyator Tuitoek URP 11,075.3 555,561 Kabarnet
Laikipia Joshua Irungu Josphat Gitonga Kabugi TNA 8,696.1 399,227 Rumuruti
Nakuru Kinuthia Mbugua Joseph Kibore Rutto TNA 7,509.5 1,603,325 Nakuru
Narok Samuel Kuntai Ole Tunai Aruasa Evalyn Chepkirui URP 17,921.2 850,920 Narok
Kajiado David ole Nkedianye Paul Mpute Ntiati ODM 21,292.7 687,312 Kajiado
Kericho Prof. Paul Chepkwony Kiprono Susan Chepkoech Kikwai URP 2,454.5 752,396 Kericho
Bomet Isaac Ruto Stephen Kipkoech Mutai URP 1,997.9 730,129 Bomet
Kakamega Western Wycliffe Oparanya Philip Museve Kutima ODM 3,033.8 1,660,651 Kakamega
Vihiga Moses Akaranga Caleb Temba Amaswache PPK 531.3 554,622 Vihiga
Bungoma Ken Lusaka Hillary Moywo Chongwony NFK 2,206.9 1,375,063 Bungoma
Busia Sospeter Ojaamong Kizito Osore Wangalwa ODM 1,628.4 743,946 Busia
Siaya Nyanza Cornel Rasanga Wilson Ouma Onyango ODM 2,496.1 842,304 Siaya
Kisumu Jack Ranguma Ruth Adhiambo Odinga Busia ODM 2,009.5 968,909 Kisumu
Homa Bay Cyprian Awiti Hamiliton Onyango Orata ODM 3,154.7 963,794 Homa Bay
Migori John Obado Nelson Mahanga Mwita PDP 2,586.4 917,170 Migori
Kisii James Ongwae Arthur Maangi Gongera ODM 1,317.9 1,152,282 Kisii
Nyamira John Nyagarama Obiero Amos Kimwomi Nyaribo ODM 912.5 598,252 Nyamira
Nairobi Nairobi Evans Kidero J. Mwangangi Mueke ODM 694.9 3,138,369 Nairobi (City)
Totals 581,309.0 38,610,097


a)      To promote democratic and accountable exercise of power.

b)      To foster national unity by recognising diversity.

c)       To give powers of self-governance to the people and enhance the participation of the people in the exercise of the powers of the State and in making decisions affecting them.

d)      To recognize the right of communities to manage their own affairs and to further their development.

e)      To protect and promote the interests and rights of minorities and marginalized communities.

f)       To promote social and economic development and the provision of appropriate, easily accessible services throughout Kenya.

g)      To ensure equitable sharing of national and local resources throughout Kenya.

h)      To facilitate the decentralization of State organs, their functions and services, from the Capital City of Kenya.

i)        To enhance checks and balances and the separation of powers.


1.1 The County Assembly Service Board

A County Assembly Service Board will be establishedfor each county assembly. It shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal.

1.1.0 Composition

The county assembly service board shall consist of:

(a) the Speaker of the county assembly as the Chairperson.

(b) the leader of the majority party or a member of the county assembly deputed by him or her, as the vicechairperson.

(c) the leader of the minority party or a member of the county assembly deputed by him or her.

(d) one person resident in the county, appointed by the county assembly from among persons who have knowledge and experience in public affairs, but who is not a member of the county assembly.

(e) The County Assembly Clerk shall be the secretary to the county assembly service board.

1.1.1  The Clerk of the County Assembly

There shall be a clerk of the county assembly appointed by the county assembly service board with the approval of the county assembly.

1.1.2 Qualifications for the Clerk of County Assembly Post

(a) is a citizen of Kenya.

(b) holds a degree from a university recognised in Kenya or its equivalent.

(c) has had at least five years relevant professional experience.

(d) meets the requirements of leadership and integrity set out in Chapter Six of the Constitution.

1.1.3 Number and delimitation of electoral Wards

There shall be not more than one thousand four hundred and fifty (2,450) electoral Wards for purposes of the election of county assembly members.

For purposes of the first general elections under the Constitution, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission shall ensure that each county comprises at least fifteen (15) Wards. IEBC shall review the names and boundaries of Wards at intervals of not less than eight years and not more than twelve years.The review shall (a) ensure that no county shall comprise less than twenty-five (25) Wards and be completed at least twelve months before a general election of county assembly members.


2.0 County Executive

Figure: County Governments Organization Structure based on Officers

2.1 The County Governor

2.0.1 Functions and responsibilities of the County Governor

The county governor and the deputy county governor are the chief executive and deputy chief executive of the county respectively. In performing the functions the governor shall:  i). provide leadership in the county’s governance and development. ii).provide leadership to the county executive committee and administration based on the county policies and plans. iii). Promote democracy, good governance, unity and cohesion within the county. iv). promote peace and order within the county. v). promote the competitiveness of the county. vi). be accountable for the management and use of the county resources. Vii). promote and facilitate citizen participation in the development of policies and plans, and delivery of services in the county.

(a) Diligently execute the functions and exercise the authority provided for in the Constitution and legislation.

(b) Perform such State functions within the county as the President may from time to time assign on the basis of mutual consultations.

(c) represent the county in national and international fora and events.

(d) appoint, with the approval of the county assembly, the county executive committee.

(e) constitute the county executive committee portfolio structure to respond to the functions and competencies assigned to and transferred to each county.

(f) submit the county plans and policies to the county assembly for approval.

(g) consider, approve and assent to bills passed by the county assembly.

(h) chair meetings of the county executive committee.

(i) by a decision notified in the county gazette, assign to every member of the county executive committee, responsibility to ensure the discharge of any function within the county and the provision of related services to the people.

(j) submit to the county assembly an annual report on the implementation status of the county policies and plans.

(k) deliver annual state of the county address containing such matters as may be specified in county legislation.

(l) sign and cause to be published in the county gazette, notice of all important formal decisions made by the governor or by the county executive committee.

2.0.2 Powers of the County Governor

The Governor has such powers as may be necessary for the execution of the duties of the office of governor which includes:

Dismiss a member of  county executive committee at any time, if the governor considers that it is appropriate or necessary to do so. Or dismiss a member of county executive committee, if required to do so by a resolution of the county assembly.

Appoint an accounting officer for each department, entity or decentralized unit of the county government.

2.0.3 Functions of the Deputy Governor

Deputize for the governor in the execution of the governor’s functions.

Be assigned any other responsibility or portfolio as a member of the county executive committee.

In an acting Capacity as Governor or delegated authority by the Governor. The the Deputy Governor shall not exercise these powers vested in the Governor’s office of nominating, appointing and dismissing.

2.1.1 Appointment of County Executive Members

The Governor shall when nominating members of the executive committee:

(a) ensure that to the fullest extent possible, the composition of the executive committee reflects the community and cultural diversity of the county.

(b) take into account the principles of affirmative action as provided for in the Constitution.

The county assembly shall not approve nominations for appointment to the executive committee that do not take into account:

(a) not more than two thirds of either gender.

(b) representation of the minorities, marginalized groups and communities.

(c) community and cultural diversity within the county.

2.1.2 Qualifications  for the Posts of County Executive Members

A person may be appointed as a member of the county executive committee if that person:

(a) is a Kenyan citizen.

(b) is a holder of at least a first degree from a university recognized in Kenya.

(c) satisfies the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.

(d) has knowledge, experience and a distinguished career of not less than five years in the field relevant to the portfolio of the department to which the person is being appointed.

(e) A member of the county executive committee shall not hold any other State or public office.

2.2.1 Functions: General

In addition to the functions provided under Article 183 of the Constitution, a county executive committee shall:

(a) supervise the administration and delivery of services in the county and all Decentralized Units and agencies in the county.

(b) perform any other functions conferred on it by the Constitution or national legislation.

(c) carry out any function incidental to any of the assigned functions.

County Executive Committee In the performance of its function shall have power to determine its own programme of activities and every member of the committee shall observe integrity and disclosure of interest in any matter before the committee.

2.2.2 Functions: Role in urban area or city planning

(a) monitor the process of planning, formulation and adoption of the integrated development plan by a city or municipality within the county.

(b) assist a city or municipality with the planning, formulation, adoption and review of its integrated development plan.

(c) facilitate the coordination and alignment of integrated development plans of different cities or municipalities within the county and with the plans, strategies and programmes of national and county governments.

(d) take appropriate steps to resolve any disputes or differences in connection with the planning, formulation , adoption or review of an integrated development plan.

 3.0 The County Secretaries

3.1 Appointment of The County Secretaries

There is established for each county the office of the county secretary who shall be secretary to the county executive committee.

3.2 Qualifications for Post of The County Secretaries

(a) Persons who are university graduates with at least ten (10) years experience in administration and management.

(b) shall be nominated from persons competitively sourced by the Governor and with the approval of the County Assembly appointed by the Governor.

(c) may be subject to the conditions and terms of appointment be dismissed by the Governor.

3.3 Duties and Resignation of The County Secretaries

(a) be the head of the County Public Service.

(b) be responsible for arranging the business, keeping the minutes of the county executive committee subject to the directions of the County Executive Committee.

(c) convey the decisions of the county executive committee to the appropriate persons or authorities.

(d) perform any other functions as directed by the county executive committee.

The county secretary may resign from office by giving thirty days written notice to the Governor.

 4.0 The County Chief Officers

4.1 Appointment  and Resignation of the County Chief Officers

The Governor shall nominate qualified and experienced county chief officers from among persons competitively sourced and recommended by the County Public Service Board and with the approval of the County Assembly appoint county chief officers.

The office of a county chief officer shall be an office in the county public service.  A county chief officer shall be responsible to the respective county executive committee member for the administration of a county department. The county chief officer shall be the authorized officer in respect of exercise of delegated power. The governor may re-assign a county chief officer.

A county chief officer may resign from office by giving notice in writing to the Governor.


5.0 Decentralized Units and Officers

These are the Decentralized Units within the 47 Counties in Kenya.

5.1 Urban Areas and the Cities and Managers

Urban areas and the cities. For example City of Mombasa in Mombasa County. The structures and functions of urban areas and cities is provided for in the Urban Areas and Cities Act. Urban Area or City will have Boards  with Chairperson and Vice/Chairperson responsible to Governor. The Managers of the Cities, Municipalities and Other Urban Areas will also be appointed by the Governor.

5.2  Sub-Counties and  sub-county Administrators

Sub-counties equivalent to the constituencies. For example Mumias in Kakamega County. This unit will headed by sub-county administrator competitively appointed by  County Public Service Board. He/she shall have qualifications and knowledge in administration or management.

The sub-county administrator shall be responsible for the coordination, management and supervision of the general administrative functions in the sub-county unit, including:

(a) the development of policies and plans.

(b) service delivery.

(c) developmental activities to empower the community.

(d) the provision and maintenance of infrastructure and facilities of public services, the county public service.

(e) exercise any functions and powers delegated by the County Public Service Board.

(g) facilitation and coordination of citizen participation in the development of policies and plans and delivery of services.

In carrying out the functions and obligations in the sub-county administrator shall be responsible to the relevant county chief officer.

5.3  Wards and Ward Administrators

Wards or Equivalent to each Electoral Unit represented in the County Assembly . For Example Eluche in Kakamega County. This unit will headed by Ward administrator competitively appointed by  County Public Service Board. He/she shall have professional qualifications and technical knowledge in administration. He/she shall perform the similar duties similar to the Sub-County Administrator at the Ward Level.

In carrying out the functions and obligations in the Ward administrator shall be responsible to (supervised)  the relevant county Sub-County Administrator.

 5.4.1  Village Units and Village Administrators

village units in each county as may be determined by the county assembly of the respective county. For example Mung’ang’a Village in Kakamega County. The Author of this article was born in that village, “ingo wefu”. This unit will headed by Village administrator appointed by  County Public Service Board. He/she shall have professional qualifications and technical knowledge in administration. A village administrator shall coordinate, manage and supervise the general administrative functions in the village including: (i) ensuring and coordinating the participation of the village unit in governance. (ii) assisting the village unit to develop the administrative capacity for the effective exercise of the functions and powers and participation in governance at the local level.

In carrying out the functions and obligations in the Village administrator shall be responsible to the relevant county Ward Administrator.

5.4.2  Village units and Roles of Village Council

Each village unit village council shall establish Village Council comprising of:

(a) the village administrator who shall be the chairperson of the village council

(b) not less than three and not more than five village elders competitively appointed by the village administrator with the approval of the County Assembly, taking into account gender balance. Roles of village council

A village council shall be responsible for:

(a) ensuring and coordinating the participation of the village unit in governance.

(b) assisting the village unit to develop the administrative capacity for the effective exercise of the functions and powers and participation in governance at the local level.

(c) monitoring the implementation of policies at the village unit.

(d) advising the ward administrator and sub-county administrator on matters pertaining to the village

(e) any other function necessary for the better administration of the village unit.

6.0 Other or further units determined by  County Government

There is none at the moment.

 7.0 Intergovernmental Relations Forums

Every county a forum to be known as the county Intergovernmental Forum which shall be chaired by the Governor or in his absence, the Deputy Governor, or in the absence of both, a member of the county executive committee designated by the Governor.

The county Intergovernmental Forum shall comprise:

(a) the heads of all departments of the national government rendering services in the county.

(b) the county executive committee members or their nominees appointed by them in writing.

The intergovernmental forum shall pursuant to the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (Distribution of functions between the National Government and County Governments). This forum is responsible for:

(a) harmonization of services rendered in the county.

(b) coordination of development activities in the county.

(c) coordination of intergovernmental functions.

(d) such other functions as may be provided for by or under any law.

The Governor shall chair such other committee or other forum as may be established at the county level pursuant to Articles 6 (2) – Devolution and access to services, 189 (2) – Respective functions and powers of national and county governments and 239 (5) – National security organs of the Constitution.

The Governor shall receive regular briefings from County Security Committee referred to under section 41 (1) (d) of the National Police Service Act, 2011.


8.0 County Public Service Board

8.1 Establishment

Each county shall in accordance with Article 235 of the Constitution, have its own public service to be known as county public service.

The county public service shall be headed by the County Secretary. The designation county public officer shall be restricted to an officer appointed by the county government. The established a County Public Service Board in each County, which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a seal. It will be capable of suing and being sued in its corporate name.

8.2 Composition

The County Public Service Board shall comprise of:

(a) a chairperson nominated and appointed by the county governor with the approval of the county Assembly.

(b) not less than three but not more than five other members nominated and appointed by the county governor, with the approval of the county assembly.

(c) a certified public secretary of good professional standing nominated and appointed by the governor with the approval of the county assembly who shall be the secretary to the board.

The appointment of the members of the County Public Service Board shall be through a competitive process.

8.3 Qualifications for Posts and Tenure in Office

(a) The person satisfies the provisions of Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya.

(b) He/she is not a state or public officer.

(c) In the case of chairperson or vice- chairperson possesses a minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university and working experience of not less than ten years.

(d) In the case of any other members: possesses a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university, working experience of not less than five years, a professional demonstrating absence of breach of the relevant professional code of conduct.

A member of the Board shall hold office for a non-renewable term of six years and may serve on a part-time basis.

8.4 Objectives / Functions and Powers

(a) To provide for evaluation and reporting on the extent to which the values and principles referred to in Articles 10 and 232 of the Constitution are complied with in the county public service.

(b) To provide for the organization, staffing and functioning of the county public service in ways that ensure efficient, quality and productive services for the people of the county.

(c) To provide for institutions, systems and mechanisms for human resource utilization and development in a manner that best enhances service delivery by county public service institutions.

(d) To provide a framework of uniform norms and standards to be applied in all counties in respect of: (i) establishment and abolition of offices in the county public service. (ii) appointment of persons to hold or act in those offices. (iii) confirming appointments or (iv) exercising disciplinary control over and removal of persons holding or acting in those offices.

(e) To provide for the promotion of the values and principles set out in the Constitution in the county public service.

(f) To provide for human resource management and career development practices.

(g) To address staff shortages and barriers to staff mobility between counties.

(h) To provide for standards to promote ethical conduct and professionalism in county public service.

(i) To provide for the establishment of County Public Service Boards.

(j) To make further provisions relating to appeals in respect of County Governments’ Public service.

C. Citizen

9.0 Citizen Participation

9.1 Principles of citizen participation in County Government

Citizen participation in county governments shall be based upon the following principles:

(a) timely access to information, data, documents, and other information relevant or related to policy formulation and implementation.

(b) reasonable access to the process of formulating and implementing policies, laws, and regulations, including the approval of development proposals, projects and budgets, the granting of permits and the establishment of specific performance standards.

(c) protection and promotion of the interest and rights of minorities, marginalized groups and communities and their access to relevant information.

(d) legal standing to interested or affected persons, organizations, and where pertinent, communities, to appeal from or, review decisions, or redress grievances, with particular emphasis on persons and traditionally marginalized communities, including women, the youth and isadvantaged communities.

(e) reasonable balance in the roles and obligations of county governments and non-state actors in decision-making processes to promote shared responsibility and partnership and to provide complementary authority and oversight.

(f) promotion of public-private partnerships, such as joint committees, technical teams and citizen commissions, to encourage direct dialogue and concerted action on sustainable development.

(g) recognition and promotion of the reciprocal roles of non-state actors’ participation and governmental facilitation and oversight.


10.1 Principles of Civic Education

Civic education are intended to promote:

(a) empowerment and enlightenment of citizens and government.

(b) continual and systemic engagement of citizens and government.

(c) values and principles of devolution in the Constitution.

The content to be disseminated under civic education is provided for under Section 100 of  County Government Act 2012 which states that “Each county Governement shall implement an appropriate civic education programme and establish a civic education unit. It will use the established a National Government design and framework of civic education. Also it will determine the contents of the curriculum for civic education taking into account the provisions of Article 33 of the Constitution of Kenya (One of  the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of an individual, i.e. The Freedom of Expression)”.

10.2 Purpose and Objectives of Civic Education

10.2.1 Purpose

To have an informed citizenry that actively participates in governance affairs of the society on the basis of enhanced knowledge, understanding and ownership of the Constitution.

10.2.2 Objectives

(a) sustained citizens’ engagement in the implementation of the Constitution.

(b) improved understanding, appreciation and engagement in the operationalization of the county system of government.

(c) institutionalizing a culture of constitutionalism.

(d) knowledge of Kenya’s transformed political system, context and implications.

(e) enhanced knowledge and understanding of electoral system and procedures.

(f) enhanced awareness and mainstreaming of the Bill of Rights and National values.

(g) heightened demand by citizens for service delivery by institutions of governance at the county level.

(h) ownership and knowledge on the principal economic, social and political issues facing county administrations and their form, structures and procedures.

(i) appreciation for the diversity of Kenya’s communities as building blocks for national cohesion and  integration.


11.1 Principles of planning and development facilitation

(a) To integrate national values in all processes and concepts.

(b) To protect the right to self-fulfilment within the county communities and with responsibility to future generations.

(c) To protect and integrate rights and interest of minorities and marginalized groups and communities.

(d)To protect and develop natural resources in a manner that aligns national and county governments policies.

(e) To align county financial and institutional resources to agreed policy objectives and programmes.

(f) To engender effective resource mobilization for sustainable development.

(g) To promote the pursuit of equity in resource allocation within the county.

(h) To provide a platform for unifying planning, budgeting, financing, programme implementation and performance review.

(i) To serve as a basis for engagement between county government and the citizenry, other stakeholders and interest groups.

 11.2 Objectives of county planning

(a) To ensure harmony between national, county and sub-county spatial planning requirements.

(b) To facilitate the development of a well-balanced system of settlements and ensure productive use of scarce land, water and other resources for economic, social, ecological and other functions across a county.

(c) maintain a viable system of green and open spaces for a functioning eco-system.

(d) harmonize the development of county communication system, infrastructure and related services.

(e) develop urban and rural areas as integrated areas of economic and social activity.

(f) provide the preconditions for integrating underdeveloped and marginalized areas to bring them to the level generally enjoyed by the rest of the county.

(g) protect the historical and cultural heritage, artefacts and sites within the county.

(h) make reservations for public security and other critical national infrastructure and other utilities and services.

(i) work towards the achievement and maintenance of a tree cover of at least ten per cent of the land area of Kenya.

(j) develop the human resource capacity of the county.

11.3 Obligation to plan by the county

A county government shall plan for the county and no public funds shall be appropriated outside a planning framework developed by the county executive committee and approved by the county assembly. The county planning framework shall integrate economic, physical, social, environmental and spatial planning.

The county government shall designate county departments, cities and urban areas, sub-counties and Wards as planning authorities of the county. These designate planning authorities in the county shall appropriately organise for the effective implementation of the planning function within the county. To promote public participation, non-state actors shall be incorporated in the planning processes by all authorities. County plans shall be binding on all sub-county units for developmental activities within a County.

11.4 Planning in the county

A county planning unit is responsible for:(a) coordinating integrated development planning within the county. (b) ensuring integrated planning within the county. (c) ensuring linkages between county plans and the national planning framework. (d) ensuring meaningful engagement of citizens in the planning process.  (e) ensuring the collection, collation, storage and updating of data and  information suitable for the planning process. (f) ensuring the establishment of a GIS based database system.

11.5 Integrating national and county planning

Cooperation in planning shall be undertaken in the context of the law governing Intergovernmental relations Forum. County plans shall be based on the functions of the county governments as specified in the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution and on relevant national policies. County plans shall take due cognisance of the financial viability of development programmes. County planning shall provide for citizen participation.

11.6 Types and purposes of county plans

To guide, harmonize and facilitate development within each county there shall be the following plans. These County plans shall be the basis for all budgeting and spending in a county.

Types of County Plans:

  1. Integrated Development Plan.
  2. Sectoral Plans.
  3. Spatial Plan.
  4. Cities and Urban Areas Plans as provided for under the Urban Areas and Cities Act.


12.1 Principles of public service delivery in a county

A county government and its agencies shall have an obligation to deliver services within its designated area of jurisdiction. A county shall deliver services while observing the principles of equity, efficiency, accessibility, nondiscrimination, transparency, accountability, sharing of data and information, and subsidiarity.

12.2 Standards and norms for public service delivery

A county government and its agencies shall in delivering public services:

(a) give priority to the basic needs of the public.

(b) promote the development of the public service delivery institutions and ensure that all members of the public have access to basic services.

Public services shall be equitably delivered in a manner that accords to:

(i) prudent, economic, efficient, effective and sustainable use of available resources.

(ii) continual improvement of standards and quality.

(iii) appropriate incorporation of the use of information technology.

(iv) financial and environmental sustainability.

A county government shall carry out regular review of the delivery of services with a view to improvement.

12.3 Shared services

A county government may enter into an agreement with the national government, another county or an agency of the national government to provide or receive any service that each county  participating in the agreement is empowered to provide or receive within its own jurisdiction, including services incidental to the primary purpose of any of the participating counties. Each county shall have a county shared services platform aligned to national policies, standards and norms.

12.4 Citizen’s Service Centre

A county executive committee shall establish a Citizens’ Service Centre at these levels: (a)the county, (b) the sub-county, (c) the Ward, (d) any other decentralized level.

The  Citizens’ Service Centre shall serve as the central office for the provision by the county executive committee in conjunction with the national government of public services to the county citizens. The governor shall ensure the use of appropriate information and communication technologies at a Citizens’ Service Centre to aid in the provision of timely and efficient services to the county citizens.

12.5 Tariffs and pricing of public services

A county government or any agency delivering services in the county shall adopt and implement a tariffs and pricing policy for the provision of public services. A county government or agency delivering services through service delivery agreements, shall comply with:

(a) users of county services should be treated equitably in the application of tariffs, fees, levies or charges.

(b) the amount individual users pay for services should generally be in proportion to their use of that service.

(c) poor households shall have access to at least basic services through  (i) tariffs that cover only operating and maintenance costs. (ii) special tariffs or life line tariffs for low levels of use or consumption of services or for basic levels of service. (iii) any other direct or indirect method of subsidies of tariffs for poor households.

(d) tariffs shall reflect the costs reasonably associated with rendering the service, including capital, operating, maintenance, administration and replacement costs and interest charges.

(e) tariffs shall be set at levels that facilitate the financial sustainability of the service, taking into account subsidy from sources other than the service concerned.

(f) provision may be made in appropriate circumstances for a surcharge on the tariff for a service.

(g) provision may be made for the promotion of local economic development through special tariffs for categories of commercial and industrial users.

(h) promotion of the economic, efficient, effective and sustainable use of resources, the recycling of waste and other appropriate environmental objectives.

(i) full disclosure of the subsidies on tariffs for poor households and other categories of users.

12.6 Support to county governments

A tariff policy may differentiate between different categories of users, debtors, service providers, services, service standards, geographical areas and other matters as long as the differentiation does not amount to unfair discrimination. A county government may make laws and regulations to give effect to the implementation and enforcement of tariff policies.



National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya), (2012). The County Governments Act 2012.

National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya), (2010).The Constitution of Kenya 2010.

National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya), (2012).The Intergovernmental relations Act 2012.

National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya), (2012).Transition to Devolved Government Act 2012.

National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya), (2011).Urban Areas and Cities Act 2011.

Association of Professional Societies in East Africa, (October 2011). Policy paper on devolution.

Ministry of Planning and Vision 2030, (October 2007). Kenya Vision 2030: A Globally Competitive and Prosperous Kenya.

N.A. Saleemi, (2009), General Principles of Law Simplified, Saleemi Publications Ltd., Nairobi

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Ministry of Local Government, (April 2011). Volume I: Report of the Task Force on Devolved Government.

Tudor Jackson (1986), the Law of Kenya an Introduction, Kenya Literature Bureau, Nairobi

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120 thoughts on “An Introduction to the County Governments of Kenya

  1. Oloo Eva - November 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I concur with your observations in your article, however you need to provide mechanism for conflict resolution between National Government and County Government , among county governments.

    • Author - December 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm

      Eva, Thank you. Please draft something and I’ll review and incorporate it.

      • Kate Mburu - March 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

        Eva, check out the Intergovernmental Relations Act.

    • Nayere Masambu - April 27, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you sir for the insights. But sir, do you think village councils are working. For me the councils are the nerve centres of devolution. And if they are not working, devolved governments are sick and will remain a facade for excluding Wanjiku.

  2. Florence wahome - December 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    It is a very informative paper with simple and clear explainations. There are two things however, that need to be cleared:
    I The County Assembly Service Board
    The County Assembly Service Board will be a State Corporation as per the defination of a State Corporation in the State Corporations Act Cap 446 section 2. will it then be subject to the provisions of the State Corporations ACT?
    2 The Government introduced Performance Contracting as a Performance Management tool for better service delivery.How will the systems that are currently working well for Central Government be implemented in the County Government

    • Author - December 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Florence, Thank you for the compliment. I appreciate your comment.

    • Kipkemoi arap Kirui - February 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Something important about the County Assembly Service Board here: It is an administrative arm of the County Assembly, an equivalent of the Parliamentary Service Commission for the Parliament of Kenya. It is not a State Corporation but yes a body corporate independent from the Assembly, providing services for the Assembly, including employing staff and ensuring the general welfare of Members.

  3. Veronica - February 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Very informative, clear and concise. My question is : How will the National Government and Devolved government interact ? Are there reporting lines from the county government to national govt? How will be the county govt be supervised ?

    • Author - March 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

      The 47 County Governments which are the Devolved Government organizations in the Republic of Kenya have institutional relationships. The systematic nature of relationship between Devolved Governments and National Government are: Executive, Accountability, Work and Policy Guidance. I urge you to study carefully in the article the figure entitled “The Kenya Comprehensive Devolved Government Organization Structure based on Institutions.

    • omar - January 16, 2015 at 7:57 am

      good and informative presentation.

  4. Connie Kisaka - March 7, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Very Informative Gabriel. Kudos.

  5. Wambui Taiti - March 12, 2013 at 3:13 am

    I am a Kenyan citizen and a resident of Kiambu County. My question is: how would you address the issue of citizens who desire to engage in provision goods and services to the county governments and the guarantee of prompt payment for the same?
    I am thinking about those who qualify.From “mama mboga” to Small Businesses owned by ordinary Wananchi – Juakali fellows operating in our County. This I believe would be a quick start to empowering the people from the word go. This among others has the immediate effect of creating employment and restore hope to the citizens us we wait for investors, improvement of the County’s major source of income e.g. in agriculture, manufacturing and mining.
    I am afraid that we may loose the momentum of our people because of bureaucracies “hand cuffs” or ” red-tape. We’ve demonstrated our patience elsewhere – during the voting process of 2013, but can ill afford do so when we cannot put food on the table and transform our Common Wananchi through education.
    I salute the mechanisms our Government has put in place to facilitate these devolution Process.
    Thank you. Kahawa Sukari ward, Kiambu County.

    • Author - March 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you for visiting and posing this important question. The issue of prompt payment to Suppliers has been provided for under Procurement Laws. Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005 the main law that govern the Kenya supply market of goods, services and works using Public Funds. Section 48 of the Act provides for – “Interest on overdue amounts”. In nutshell, a supplier ought to bill (invoice, charge) the Procuring Entity at the prevailing Commercial Bank Rates currently standing at 21% on the overdue amount. Please read my article on this website “Untapped huge business opportunities: Are the youths in Kenya sleeping giants?” You will appreciate the legal enabling environment the Government has provided to you and other like-minded entrepreneurs in Kenya.

  6. Edna Lenku - March 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I was concerned about my husband leaving a well paying job and move to the County Government. I had to do some serious research. I found all the necessary information I needed. I am glad that I got the answers from you. I now have a well informed! I am going to release him in good faith. Kajiado County

  7. Gloria Mathenge - March 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks for putting this up. Very Informative. However I would like to reiterate Veronica’s question. Veronica in February 2012 commented on this blog. How will the Devolved Government Units interact with the National Government?

    • Author - March 13, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      The 47 County Governments which are the Devolved Government organizations in the Republic of Kenya have institutional relationships. The systematic nature of relationship between Devolved Governments and National Government are: Executive, Accountability, Work and Policy Guidance. I urge you to study carefully in the article the figure entitled “The Kenya Comprehensive Devolved Government Organization Structure based on Institutions.

  8. Stanley Ntuara - March 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    A very elaborate and illustrative paper. I am deeply concerned about the issue of County Governments awareness by our People. Our people which means the local populace – “wananchi wa mashinani”. The questions are: How many Kenyans have access to such vital information you have disseminated here? How can a willing volunteer(s) provide civic education on the same as a way to empower our local communities. How do we start and sustain the work? Best wishes. Long live Kenya. Resident of Tigania West Constituency, Meru County.

  9. Maurice Odiwa - March 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thank you very much for the very educative piece. Where then does the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) come in? Or is it fully integrated in the Devolved Governments system? Have the Members of Parliament (MPs) lost control over CDF like their remuneration?

    • Author - March 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      My considered opinion and political correctly speaking CDF is still under the control of the Members of National Assembly. CDF which was established by CDF Act 2003 and has incorporated CDF Amendment Act 2007. Officially CDF Board is a fully fledged parastatal under the Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030. The Body Corporate is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the Fund and reports to the Minister (Now would be Cabinet Secretary) in turn reports to Parliament on matters touching on CDF. It survived the constitutional reforms tsunami with the Youth Fund, Women Fund save for the LATIF under the Local Authorities.

  10. Lenkulate - March 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Thank you very much for simplifying the County Governments Working Structure. My question is: will the Ward and village administrators replace the current chiefs and their Sub-chiefs?In our case, I come from Samburu County. Where the main work of the chiefs has been to track cattle rustlers. So will the administrators take over those roles? What are the academic qualifications for a village administrator and a sub county administrators post?

  11. Eric Kinyua - March 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Very clear and informative article.However your not clear on the number and names of the county departments to be headed by the county secretaries.

  12. Author - March 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    County Secretaries are the Heads of the County Public Service under the County Executive Committee Arm of Devolved Governments. Please read section 3.3: Duties and Resignation of The County Secretaries of my Article. You will get more details. In addition, The 47 County Governments will oversee the following functions within their are of jurisdiction.
    1. Agriculture (crop and animal husbandry).
    2. Fisheries.
    3. County health services.
    4. Cultural activities.
    5. Public entertainment and public amenities.
    6. County transport.
    7. Trade development and regulation.
    8. County planning and development.
    9. Pre-primary education, village polytechnics, home craft centres and childcare Facilities.
    10. Implementation of specific national government
    11. Policies on natural resources, environmental conservation.
    12. County public works and services.

  13. Martin Mono - March 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    What is the role of county governments on State Corporations such as Kenya Ports Authority,Kenya Pipeline Company,Kenya Meat Commission to name a few?

  14. Willis Okul - April 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Impressed by the clear and concise document. Now it is time to see the variances in practice among the 47 County Governments. I guess there is so much more to learn and either adopt, modify or discard. I have just read an article in today’s Nation Newspaper of 2nd April 2013 regarding oversight Challenge especially where over 95% of County Leaders elected during the General Election of 2013 are from one Coalition – Cord or Jubilee. Kudos to the “elected” leaders at the grassroots level. My thought is this may apply to the National Government as well.
    How does a County Government deal with this knowing our Kenya and its leaders?

  15. Catherine - April 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Gabriel,
    A good presentation here. I would like to follow up on what Lenkulate from Samburu on 19th March, 2013 inquired about the ward and village administrators. What are the qualifications required for either to be appointed to those two positions? Kindly inform us. Thanks.

  16. Isaac Osiemo - April 12, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I am intending to study for PhD in leadership and Governance. Where can find sufficient literature material on this topic?

  17. Joseph Agwata - April 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    This is a nice well researched paper. Please help me understand whether the local authority Act still in force or it was repealed.

  18. Michael Ogol - April 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Very invaluable pieces of information.

  19. Charles Thairu - May 11, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    A very educative presentation. In your opinion what is the effect of the devolved system on entrepreneurial activity in Kenya?

    • Gabriel Lubale - May 14, 2013 at 7:07 am

      It is my considered opinion that Devolution in Kenya under the Constitution together with enabling legal environment has heralded a “huge business opportunities” for entrepreneurs. Please read my article related to this topic.

  20. Jebet - May 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you for a clear paper on devolution. what do you see as the role of non profit organizations in devolution?

  21. Fred Ang'anya - May 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I salute to your article.
    My problem is about job creation and employment. Most job advertisements require more than 5 years experience.How can County Governments come up with best solutions to enable youths access jobs youth who have education qualifications?

  22. George Aliwa - May 21, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Your article is well elaborate and it has been of great help in my study.
    May God continue to bless you.

  23. Henry Mwasaru - July 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    This is very informative. I now have a clear idea what devolved government system is.
    Thanks chief.

  24. Joy Wanja - July 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Very informative piece, kudos Gabriel. I was having a really hard time differentiating devolution and decentralization. Also, for the majority of us who learned GHC in primary school, it will take some time to completely “assimilate” the new system of the Government of Kenya from the old one to current. Thanks again.

    • Zabrina - August 26, 2014 at 2:45 am

      A bit supsirred it seems to simple and yet useful.

  25. Moahamud - July 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    what are the developmental challenges currently facing counties?

  26. Julius Munya - July 15, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Your article is very informative.
    kindly respond on these questions
    1.which County Executive Committee jobs lowest ranked being village administrator are either permanent and pensionable or renewable contracts?
    2.Will the State Departments (formerly Government Ministerial) heads in the County report to County Governors or Respective Principal secretaries in the line Cabinet Secretary Portfolio?
    3.In the past D.C’s used to chair all districts meetings of every ministry. Will the role be taken over by County Secretary or controversial County Commissioners?
    4.How will the Issues of corruptions and other forms of public resources misuse be dealt with at the county level now that governor is reporting to nobody?
    5.Where is the link between provincial administration and county government in light of the sub county administrators which are mostly like districts governed by D.Cs?.
    Meru County

  27. Margaret Jep - July 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Thanks Lubale!

  28. Mark Mukoma - July 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Please post the document in pdf format. It is a good one and worth of having time to go through. Thanks.

  29. Kiprono Malakwen - July 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Well researched article . Good work.

  30. Inur Mohsmud - July 28, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Well researched and informative writing. Question: Who is funding the civic education at the county Levels?

  31. Wilson Moru - August 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Lubale this is great! Please I need more information about the functions for each of officers especially when it comes down to Sub – county, Ward and Village. Also the academic qualifications and required experience for the same posts. Thanks.

  32. Ann Yandia - August 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    This is a well detailed and elaborate presentation. However, my concern regards the county secretary whose position is designated to be at job group T, is answerable to the Governor and Head of public service.
    1.are cities and municipal managers of the same level or status with County Secretary?
    2. being head of County Public service, does he/she oversee the affairs of the County Public service Board or is there likelihood of conflict?
    3. could post holder be described as a “Kimemias” of County Governments. The current Secretary to Cabinet and Head of civil service?
    4. in your view how senior is this position?

  33. Pauline Cherotich - August 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you so much for your article. It highlights devolution issues as well as governance. I would like to cite your work in a paper on devolution that my colleagues and I are researching on. We want to use your maps and figures. We are in Kenya School of Government Senior Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) Class No. 70 of 2013.

  34. Odoyo Collins - August 21, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    This is really informative on what is expected in the new system of governance.

  35. Issack Abdi - August 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I will like you to help me know what are the challenges that the Kenya government are facing for the implementation of policy currently. I am a Kenya citizen resident in Taita / Taveta.

  36. Barbara - August 23, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Really good work. My concern is that this info is very important for all citizenry. is there a communication strategy for devolution that states the modes and timelines to disseminate this important information on devolution. secondly who will do it?

  37. Marie Kabaria - September 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

    It is not quite clear what administrative units we have in the new devolved government. Before we had provinces, districts, divisions, locations and villages what do we have now?

  38. Godfrey Kwena - October 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Orio Mwana we ingo?

  39. Paul Onyango - October 16, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Good work,but kindly highlight on key stakeholders at sub county responsible in promotion of health preventive measures.

  40. Godfrey Njoroge - October 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Sir, I appreciate your informative forum. I’m wonderig why the counties have not shortlisted village administrators vacant posts e.g. Kiambu County.

    • millicent - February 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Hi? Did u get an answer about kiambu county village administrator jobs ?

  41. Tom Kipt - November 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Gabi, Is county Director of communication and its office holders permanent?

  42. Caleb Simiyu - November 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    In the previous system the focal point for development was the district. Under the National Government and County Governments (devolved System of Government), which level will be the focal point for policy implementation as was the case of districts in the previous government?

  43. Nellies Kangai - November 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Hi Mwalimu Lubale, This is very clear and precise presentation.

  44. Stephen Chemjor - November 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Gabriel,This is a masterpiece.Lets continue researching on this very important topic.Thank you for highlighting most of the frequently asked questions on devolution.Am sure this will form the basis within which future references will be hinged on.Kudos.

  45. Peter Naibei - November 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Thanks for the good work.
    Please can you clarify the connection between the Urban areas and cities Act (UACA) and the County government Act (CGA) in terms of:
    1. the plan types proposed in the UACA what are their legal framework and procedures of planning process and implementation?
    2. Areas where these plans in UACA can be applied e.g A town ,city… and how should they be administered?
    3.Other than the integrated plans as proposed in the CGA,what is the connection between proposed CGA plans and UACA plans?


  46. Winfred Gatua - December 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Thank you for answering the most asked question.Please add something on how devolution would enhance realization of economic,social and cultural rights in Kenya.

  47. Erick Toroitich - December 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm
  48. Mugambi Titus - December 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Thank you for simplifying the devolved government and highlighting the functions of the members of the county assembly

  49. Hon Shakeel Shabbir Ahmed - December 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Good paper though a little thin on the aspect of devolved county funds as “a tool ” for development at the county level.

  50. Peris Wanjiku - January 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Good job Mwalimu. The article has come in handy especially now I am preparing for an interview in the county jobs.

  51. June Lihanda - January 8, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    This is a very informative article. Please could you write or tell us the proposed structure of remuneration for posts in the County Government.

  52. Tim Lenolkirna - January 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for shading light on County Government structures.

  53. Volde Veysa - January 26, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Absolutely fantastic work well done. It’s a good point to start the real action on matters of Devolution. My question is: how can we link good governance and political transformation?

  54. Nicholas Ombewa - February 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    smart job Gaby. but my query is: what are the positive impact of the devolution system to socioecononomic and political development?

  55. millicent - February 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Can anyone tell me what is happening to kiambu county village administrator jobs?

  56. Lekimencho Godfrey - February 22, 2014 at 8:24 am

    This is a masterpiece.A very intresting read.I’ll still be following so as to get answers for Lenkulate’s question on whether the chiefs do still have any place in the current Kenya.

    • dinah Cherotich - June 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      the position of county ćhief officers-is it permanent or contract.

  57. simon mutunga - February 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

    This is a good work Gabriel. it has an impact to me as student at UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI, pursuing a course in Politics.

  58. Christine Kibe - March 12, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Hallo, Thank you for this very elaborate paper on the working of the county government. However, could you kindly just say something on the relationship between county security system and national security system.

  59. OCHIENG AKWOYO - March 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    thanks admin for all these ellaborations my question is why is it that most of the county jobs requre many years of experience there by denying as youths chances of application since most of us are just out of universities with the required qualifications and only lack the experience needed?

  60. Christy Josiah - April 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    What is your opinion on the proposal for the removal of nominated seats to reduce wage bill?

  61. Kamal - April 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Really fantastic thank you Gebriel. Thank you Gebriel.

  62. Minos Chelongo Masibo - May 2, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for the timely views in the great minds for the better Kenya from grass root to the state house.
    We also need to have civic education to our village members for devolved unities at local administrative levels.

  63. Daniel Makini Getuno - May 4, 2014 at 1:08 pm


    This is a good piece. I have read it several times just to be clear on a number of things. I have been carrying out some work to find out what the roles and functions of the various officers in the county are. While you have clarified a number of them e.g. Governor and Deputy, CEC, County Secretary etc. I would like you to kindly expand the section on County Chief Officers. What are their roles and functions?

    Thank you.

  64. barnabas wasilwa - May 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    the article is well researched.congratulations for the work it offers a good background and details on the emergence of county governments in Kenya.However do you think the MCAs are misusing there power to impeach county bosses?what do you think should be done to curb this trend of MCAs threatening governors with impeachment to achieve their selfish interests.

  65. Charles - May 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    A comprehensive explanation on the basic structures.

  66. Mwalimu Jakes Gititi - May 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    There is the position of the Director and the Assistant Director, who serve under the Chief Officer. These are missing in the Structure. Please note and rectify. However this is good work done here. Kudos!

  67. Titus Were - June 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Good work,please continue enlightening Kenyans.

  68. krisel luistro - July 5, 2014 at 4:03 am

    I would like to know if national programs like the conditional cash transfer to orphans and vulnerable children are now being implemented at the county level or are they still under the supervision of national government. How did devolution impact on programs which started prior to devolution. How are resources shared from national to local under the new system? Thank you

  69. Anderson Kenga - July 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Well done!!!! a very comprehensive report on devolved government…but there should be challenges for kind of government…can you highlight some of the challenges facing the county government in development agendas

  70. stephen - July 17, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    really helped me with my BA Urban and Regional planning assignment on role of county planners in integrating county and national plans. commendable summary of the Act.

  71. muga hosty - July 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    please check the name of migori governor and correct it.I know the name ZACARIA OKOTH OBADO not JONH OBADO am HOSTY MUGA .Well work done try to publishes more articles

  72. Eva - July 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Halo Dr. Lubale. Very informative article. So i see there will be village administrators and village councils. Will they be the replacement for the chiefs and the sub-chiefs in the villages? Thank you.

  73. arjun - August 23, 2014 at 11:45 am

    i would like to know the job of a senator.

  74. stanley kariuki - September 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    this is the best information about county governments that i have seen, thanks a lot.

  75. jojes - September 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    thumps up

  76. Lelia - September 25, 2014 at 11:04 pm

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    viral easily, but you must give it initial boost and i know how to do it, just search in google for – wcnu traffic increase

  77. charity momanyi - November 6, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    i have no words u have nailed it. this whole county government thing n everything in between was confusing bt now alaa! you have made it quite simple jst like way back when i used to attend your lectures in jkuat.
    am impressed.

  78. jeremiah tsuma - November 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Thats agood work indeed,Mr Lubale

  79. Tony Mboyo - November 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Very very informative. Please allow me to use some of your graphs and information in presentations to grassroot civic education forums that i conduct.

  80. sarah kimathi - December 3, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I am in the process of putting together a proposal for funding that entails the participation of all groups in democratic processes, these groups includes community organisation groups to ensure that their voices are heard in matters concerning them just like some people hear have raised concerns.. any idea is welcome for me to put in my project justification.thanks

  81. Anyona Mtetezi - December 9, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Very nice piece. But that point where you quoted Karl Marx was questionable. Anyway allow me to use your piece to defend my degree on history…LEGAL HISTORY OF KENYA. Thumbs up brother.

  82. ibrahim - February 1, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    Good and insightful Presentation. as per your presentation, there is no where that shows level of County Directors and such most counties have come up and employed County Directors who are the technical team of the county. Is it constitutionally right for such Level to be created..

  83. mabeya frank - February 19, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    the presentation is gud.I nid any work at the county

  84. Tobin Obala - March 11, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Thanx a lot. May I know the main causes of youth unemployment in our country and and why is it just rampant in youth and still on the increase. Can it be reduced? if yes then what are some of the ways?

  85. carren olendo - April 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    A very good and informative paper, but is devolution based on any theory? i have been looking for any theory especially those on education , wondering if they exist in as far as devolution/decentralization is concerned.

  86. Shebah Mmera - May 21, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    This is very informative, keeping abreast with the structure of the government.

  87. masibu musoka - May 27, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    this is a very great and vital book for those interested in devolution and county governments. i have read almost through it especially was more interested in the specific counties and their arrangements. kudos mr. lubale for your great work and for providing it to us. many more years of good health and sound mind.

  88. collins Koske - June 2, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Lubale,you use your skills actually to write a very interesting book,i have read and i realy enjoy it since am pursuing a diploma course in county governance and leadership,congratulation

  89. Gerald Kariuki - July 20, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Very helpful article.. thank you.
    Can you advice on the details of tenure in county Director positions?
    Best regards

  90. Grace Ngungi - July 22, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    well done. you have held me consolidate data that could be all over . I am very keen about how the types of County Plans:
    Integrated Development Plan.
    Sectoral Plans.
    Spatial Plan.
    Cities and Urban Areas Plans as provided for under the Urban Areas and Cities Act are integrated with the MTP 2 ? any insights ? are the conflicting with governors manifesto? are the county obliged to fund them? are there ring fenced funds from national governments?

  91. daniel - August 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Great presentation thanks for these information in deed it just so vital continue gearing up on any new implements ..

  92. Jeff - August 7, 2015 at 4:47 am

    really nice presentation, i read it all through but did not get what i was looking for……could you please incorporate something to do with devolved education and the structures at the county level. Thanks

  93. Sir.Haron Loyatum - August 13, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Congrats,that’s a well researched work,it will positively aid on citizen enlightement.

  94. Bob Muga - August 18, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Dear Sir,
    Now that the Health sector has been devolved, on the issue of bilateral trade, in the event that the county government seeks to procure medical equipment using for instance soft loans from foreign governments what will be the role of the county government in bilateral talks with such foreign governments.

    In the old structure and as spelt out clearly under the Public Management Finance Bill it is both the National Treasury and the Ministry of Health that are envisioned as the key institutions that have a role to play not withstanding the budgetary support for the county government. Does it mean County governments have no role to play in bilateral talks more so on matters health sector financing?

    If the County Government has a role to play and specifically with the Health SECTOR which offices in the county governments will be relevant to such initiatives to compliment the national government in Bilateral trade talks?

    Thank you.

    Best regards,

    Bob Muga

  95. Benard Onsoti - October 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I am impressed with your informative work. Your efforts have and indelible mark as far as devolution is concerned. Thanks for shading some light on this new system of management. But we need more on specific functions of each position in the county. Your civic education is very profound .

  96. namayi moses - November 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    i now understand devolution very well through your guidance,thanks so much.may lord bless you so abudantly.

  97. Samuel Tumanka - November 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Gabriel,this is a well done job its presentable and informative especially to me student at KENYATTA UNIVERSITY pursuing Degree in Political Science….bravo…

  98. Виктор - December 9, 2015 at 5:17 am

    The County continues to evaluate the entire selection process and to make good-faith efforts to select persons according to ability and qualifications, while recognizing its commitment to equal employment opportunities for minorities, females, and the disabled. Recruitment sources are notified of the County’s policy of nondiscrimination.

  99. George ngugi gachoka - July 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I am a student at moi University Kenya pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and public administration, I have questions regarding devolution in Kenya, 1)since the women representatives represent women at County level, what are they doing in Parliament? I think they should be in the Senate. 2)why should we have 16 nominated women in the Senate? These women representatives should go to perform those tasks and join hands with the MCAs at County Assembly. Thanks.

  100. MOHAMED BUTTE BASHORA - October 3, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Now in 2016, Counties aren’t infants any more. Kenya became expectant, of a completely new phase of public governance, with the promulgation of the Kenya Constitution 2010. And a new baby, came to life with the first general election under the said Constitution. A better number of Counties struggles with the normal teething problems, while many are still struggling. In the fourth year, Kenyans are yet to fully realize their “dream” governance taste, with hopes seemingly, going confused. Certainly, not every aspect which the learned Mr. Lubale, has highlighted in his article, has come to pass. Not at all. Yet as at now, focus has shifted from building the dream of the people, that has always been proclaimed to be ‘progressive and continuous ‘ , to battles of ousters and impeachment on one side, and battles for captures and victories on one side. Call them “The Typhoons of 2017”.

    In the meantime, perhaps, it is time for the learned lot, the analysts, the economists and the principled, to critique the operations, management and relations of County Governments as Building Blocks for Cooperation, Competition and Development of Kenya.


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