THE DEVOLUTION - MAJIMBO DEBATE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE ISSUES
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Post Date: 25 July 2006
At all the crucial turns in this country’s history, the agenda on how to structure government; share power and resources; and manage our ethnic diversity, has always featured. A few times we have attempted to respond to this difficult agenda, but our response has been, for most part, evasive, inconclusive or out rightly inaccurate. The issues however remain and recur. The constitution review process has brought us to another major historical turning point and the issues have returned. The review process is probably our last frontier, which is why, we must seize it to imaginatively and unambiguously address these issues. It is in this context that the Institute of Economic Affairs hosted a forum to explore and discuss various aspects of the majimbo or devolution. Speakers at the Forum included Hons. Otieno Kajwang and Kiraitu Murungi (Secretaries of Legal Affairs for the National Development Party and Democratic Party, respectively), Prof. Walter Oyugi Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Nairobi) and Mr. Njeru Kirira (former Head of Fiscal and Monetary Affairs, Treasury). The report has also benefited from the presentations made at the CKRC workshop on Devolution held in December 2001 at Safari Park Hotel.