Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has asked international donors to continue supporting the country’s devolved system of governance.
Speaking after hosting the Ambassador of The Kingdom of Netherlands Maarten Brouwer for a courtesy visit in Eldoret, Mandago said for the past 10 years, the country has witnessed tremendous development – all thanks to devolution.
He said the success of the devolved system of governance was enough proof that it was the answer to equitable distribution of resources.
“Counties and devolution as a whole have contributed to development in the country because of equitable distribution of resources. For 10 years, many areas have witnessed development they have never witnessed before,” Mandago noted.
“We urge the Netherlands to continue supporting devolution in Kenya because it is the answer to equitable distribution of resources. Devolution is working and we appreciate the support you have been giving us through the devolution support working group,” he added.
Mandago further assured that as the country heads to the 2022 general elections, Uasin Gishu County will remain stable, peaceful, and cohesive.
He said with close collaboration with the national government, they have already rolled out activities aimed at enhancing cohesion and unity, before, during, and after the general election.
During the meeting, Mandago and Amb. Brouwer also discussed several areas of interest, among them Health, academic exchange programs and scholarships, Agricultural exports (fruits, vegetables, and flowers), and aquaculture development.
“Uasin Gishu produces flowers, Avocado, coffee among others which are exported to Europe and our interest is how to grow relationship for the good of the two countries going forward,” noted Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno.