The Devolution Conference 2017 was held from March 7th – 9th at the Kenya Wildlife Institute in Naivasha
The Council of Governors led by Chairman of the Council Hon. Peter Munya, who is also the Governor of Meru County and Party of National Unity Leader, were among key attendees of the recently concluded Devolution Conference.
The theme of the conference that started on Tuesday last week was “Devolution – Transforming lives. Tell your story.”
Delegates had a packed programme, which also included discussions on the health system at county level. Robust debates on the upcoming general elections and corruption issues in counties were also discussed.
Among the notable speakers during the conference were Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and Dr Josephine Kibaru of the National Council for Population and Development.
Others were Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, Controller of Budget Ms Agnes Odhiambo.
The conference may have been poorly attended owing to failure of counties remitting their Ksh 2 million contribution, among them Uasin Gishu county.
But it was the gala night on Wednesday that has become the centre of attention after Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago, in a drunk stupor, took to the floor dancing and gushing about his weaknesses on the campaign trail.
Mandago led other governors and their deputies in singing the popular hit “Yamune Mama”.
The governor, who is facing strong opposition and heated campaigns on the ground was busy dancing, and popping champagne and whiskey over the weekend away with other revelers, as his opponents hit the campaign trail speaking to, and meeting with the electorate.
“I have no other option to defeat Buzeki but to hire hooligans to bar him from attending rallies where he can sell his manifestos,” the governor added.
Mandago gushed about his weaknesses while gulping his 700ml whiskey, admitting that he has nothing to tell the people of Uasin Gishu during campaign rallies because his main opponent has taken up all his manifestos.
“I swear there will be no free and fair nomination exercise if people don’t want to nominate me. I will make sure I get nominated in all good and awkward means. Keiyos will know uasin gishu is not theirs,” he added.