The Citizen Handbook

Fundamentals of Devolution

Intergovernmental Relations

Council of County Governors

Clause 19 of The Intergovernmental Relations Act, 2012 establishes the Council of County Governors. Similar to the role the Coordinating Summit plays in strengthening intergovernmental relations between the national and county levels of government, the Council of County Governors is an intergovernmental organizing and advice-giving body for the 47 county governments.

The Council, which must convene at least twice a year, consists of 47 county governors and a chairperson and vice chairperson selected from among its membership. The Council has the power to establish other intergovernmental forums (e.g. inter-city and municipality forums) and sector working groups or committees to assist in carrying out its functions.

Functions of the Council

The Council of County Governors is required to submit an annual report to the National and County Government Coordinating Summit and to Parliament. The Council should also send this report to the county assemblies within three months after the end of every financial year. Other functions of the Council as outlined in The Intergovernmental Relations Act, 2012 include:

   · consultation amongst county governments;

   · information sharing on the performance of the counties;

   · considering matters of common interest to county governments;

   · resolving disputes between counties;

   · facilitating capacity building for governors;

   · receiving reports and monitoring the implementation of inter-county agreements on inter-county projects;

   · considering matters referred by a member of the public; and

   · considering reports from other intergovernmental forums on matters of national and county interest

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