H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima has today, on behalf of H.E. the
Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya, opened a one day consultative forum
sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) at Golf hotel, Kakamega.

In a speech delivered by his
deputy, the governor thanked USAID for adopting a consultative approach
that will maximize the impact on development cooperation for the benefit
of the Kenyan people. “It is
encouraging that in addition to working with the national and county
governments, USAID is committed to work closely with the community
organizations, youths and women, the private sector as well as academic
institutions among other partners. These are the pillars of devolution,”
the governor noted.

Governor Oparanya said a strong partnership between the public, private
and civil society sector are essential to guarantee an effective
governance system structure. “This meeting will not only provide a
platform for inter and cross county dialogue but also strengthen
partnerships at the community level,” he said. In addition, the governor
observed that the forum will also provide the four sister counties with
a chance to identify areas of mutual interest and collaboration.

The deputy governor Prof. Philip Museve Kutima on his part urged the
four counties to ensure the USAID programmes are sustained even beyond
the organization’s existence in the counties. He called on the counties
to strengthen partnerships and inter-county dialogue to realize the
benefits of devolution which he termed as the best thing to ever have
happened in the country. “Countries that are devolved world wide are the
ones that have developed such as United States, Japan, Germany and many
others,” said Prof. Kutima.

Participants attending the forum are drawn from the counties of Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega and Vihiga.