Devolution Handbook

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Publisher Transparency International Kenya
Year of Publication 2014
Category Papers and Articles County Legislation
County All/General
Description The Constitution of Kenya has enhanced citizen participation and given the people a chance to determine how matters are run in the country. The devolved system of governance allows for the citizens to exercise their sovereign power. It has also allowed for transfer of powers to the 47 county governments.

For county governments to run smoothly, Parliament passed the following laws on devolution:

1. The County Government Act, 2012
2. Intergovernmental Relations Act, 2012
3. Transition to Devolved Government Act, 2012
4. Urban Areas and Cities Act, 2011
5. Public Finance Management Act, 2012
6. Transition County Allocation Revenue Act, 2013
7. National Government Co-ordination Act, 2013
8. Constituencies Development Funds Act, 2013
9. Transition County Appropriation Act, 2013

In order for the citizens to meaningfully participate and play their oversight role in the governance process, they must be aware of these laws. By so doing, they will be able to hold their county governments to account.  

It is with this in mind that Transparency International Kenya published this handbook, which is a simple analysis of  devolution as per the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the laws that have been enacted to operationalise devolution. 

It is our intention to empower Kenyan citizens by providing this information to enable them to actively demand for transparency and accountability in the management of County governments. 


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