The seventh devolution conference get underway in Makueni

The seventh devolution conference get underway in Makueni

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,24TH NOV,2021-Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is expected to officially open the seventh devolution conference in Wote, Makueni.

Raila arrived at the conference at 11 am. The three-day event will end on Friday.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been expected to open the event but is now expected to officially close it on Friday.

The event has also seen an ongoing tree-planting initiative where 1,999,999 trees have been planted.

The trees have been planted in Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, Embu and Kajiado counties.

President Kenyatta is expected to plant the two millionth tree during the conference.

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION

This year’s theme is ‘Multi-level Governance for Climate Action: Sub National Mobilisation in Unlocking the Full Potential of Climate Action during after pandemics.’

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter said that strict Covid-19 measures will be adhered to during the conference.

“CoG in collaboration with the Ministry of Health will roll out a vaccination drive at the Council’s offices from November 16 to 18 to ensure that all delegates are fully vaccinated,” Keter said.

Keter said they will ensure the conference addresses issues affecting climate change.

CoG vice-chairman James Ongwae praised Makueni county for its preparedness towards hosting the conference.

 

Governor Ongwae further said that the conference is timely with the Glasgow conference for climate change.

“We are going to discuss the implementation modalities of ensuring sub-national governments are part of the whole process,” he said.

Governor Kivutha Kibwana welcomed all delegates and participants to the conference.

“This is an opportunity to discuss this [important issues of changing climate] especially for communities that are at a risk of the climate challenge, and explain to them how to combat it,” Kibwana said.

The conference will have five sessions in the main plenum and 14 sector breakaway sessions.

The conference, which has been held annually in the last six years, will be scheduled once every two years starting 2022.

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