Sub-Committee Meeting on the Revitalization of the APRM Process at Crown Plaza.
Kenya’s Second Country Review Report was presented to the Forum of Heads of State and Government participating in the APRM in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 28th January 2017. H.E President Kenyatta on behalf of the Country was peer-reviewed. He statee the progress made since the first Country review in 2006 and outlined measures the Government will take to address the issues and recommendations made in the 2nd Country Review Report. The Review Report will be ready for dissemination to various stakeholders both nationally and internationally in a couple of months.
It is worth noting that Kenya was the first country out of the 36 member states, to submit to a second review. This underscores our commitment to good governance and the willingness to be scrutinized in regards to the APRM thematic pillars.
Kenya will be the first country out of the 35 member states, to submit to a second review. This underscores our commitment to good governance and the willingness to be scrutinized on agreed-upon commitments. Kenya’s first review was conducted in 2006 and it among other things informed our constitutional review process.
The APRM process has five stages and currently, Kenya is on the 2nd Stage whereby the Country Review Team (CRT) will visit the country to validate the Self-Assessment Report. The CRT is comprised of Panel of Eminent Persons, Thematic Consultants, and Staff from the APR Secretariat. The mission will hold countrywide consultations with Government officials, women representatives, The Youth, Academia, Faith Based Organizations, County Assembly Speakers, Civil Society Organizations, Media, People with disabilities, Chambers of Commerce amongst other.
IGAD agreed to facilitate voluntary return of Somali refugees on 25th March, 2017. In a communique issued at the end of an IGAD special summit on durable solutions for Somali refugees hosted in Nairobi by President Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as the regional body rapporteur, the IGAD leaders agreed to support strengthening of security and stability in Somalia. Other recommendations of the summit included the strengthening of the capacity of countries in the region to contribute to the protection and provision of assistance to Somali refugees, continue enhancing security within refugee camps and out of cam refugee population, and ensure the civilian and humanitarian character of refugee camps and settlements.
The Devolution Conference in Naivasha left me with a sense of achievement and expectation. The first phase of devolution is coming to an end but the journey to self-governance, public empowerment and universal public services has just started. Overall, all devolutionaries can be justifiably proud of the significant shift of political and financial power to 47 smaller governance units in line with Article 174 of the Constitution. New oversight mechanisms like the County Assemblies, right to information and public participation laws and county fora, have expanded the space for citizens to influence local governance. Counties now receive substantial flows in revenue from national government and some like Kiambu County have successfully begun to generate domestic taxation to meet the gaps
Kenya's 2nd APRM Country Review
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