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Uhuru, Ruto to address 7th Devolution conference in Makueni

In Summary

  • Even is vastly scaled down due to Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Only 1,000 delegates will participate physically this year.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga are among the delegates expected to address the seventh devolution conference.

The conference, which brings together all County government heads will be held in Wote, Makueni County, from August 23-27. It’s theme is “Multi-level governance for climate action.”

President Uhuru is expected to address the conference on Tuesday 24th. Odinga will be in attendance on the 25th while Ruto will speak on the 26th. Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is also expected at the conference.

Scaled-Down Devolution Event

This year’s conference has vastly been scaled down due to Covid-19 restrictions. Only 1,000 delegates (from the usual 6,000) are expected to attend. All the delegates in the conference and services providers must be fully vaccinated.

Makueni County is currently undertaking a massive vaccination drive to ensure over 5,000 service providers are vaccinated ahead of the conference. Only about 500 service providers will be allowed into the conference venue, Makueni Boys High School.

“Strict protocols will be adhered to including screening of Covid-19 certificates at the conference,” says a statement by James Ongwae, Vice Chair of the Council of Governors. “Makueni County will increase their ICU and HDU bed capacity for emergency support.”

The conference will deliberate on a raft of issues including progress on devolution and climate change.


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