Devolution changing lives, says DP

Devolution is transforming the lives of Kenyans in rural areas despite a few challenges, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Namibia Prime Minister

Mr Ruto said devolution has allowed the people to have a say in development.

Speaking when he met Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa who called on him at his Karen office Thursday, the Deputy President challenged the public to be more engaged in prioritising development.

“The public should be more involved in asking for areas of priority in development so that projects that address their concerns are implemented,” said Mr Ruto.

Devolve resources

He said at the centre of the push for a new constitution was the desire by the people to devolve resources and decision making to the grassroots.

Mr Ruto said despite the challenges in implementing the system, devolution has greatly transformed the lives of millions of Kenyans across the country.

“I am happy that despite the challenges we have in implementing the system of governance, devolution has brought hope to millions of Kenyans across the country,” said Mr Ruto.

“Devolution has now addressed such concerns because citizens can make their own decisions on how best their resources at the grassroots can be utilised.”

Ms Kuugongelwa praised efforts in implementing devolution.

“I must say we are happy at the manner in which issues of devolution are being implemented as one way of transforming the lives of the people,” she said.

“Participatory leadership is key to attaining development in our continent and as a country we are hoping to share with Kenya on how best we can improve our system of governance to improve the lives of our citizens,” added Ms Kuugongelwa.