In July the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning gazetted rules for governor transition. Governors came into office in 2013, and this month, most of them stood for re-election as incumbents, for a second (and final) year term
About half of the 47 county governors in Kenya will be going home after losing in the August 8 elections and will be handing over power to new county governors.
The rules called for:
- All the counties (were to) form Assumption of Office of the Governor Committee(s) – these were largely made up of central government and county officials as well as with nominees from the incoming governor, once they have been declared the winners
- The committees are to facilitate handing over ceremonies, security of new governor, and communication and facilitation of a smooth transition.
- New governors are to be sworn in by a High Court Judge ten days after the declaration of results. The outgoing governor should be present to hand over symbols of power (but their absence shall not hinder the process).
- EDIT Where the outgoing governor is re-elected for a second term and upon signing the certificate of inauguration, the presiding Judge or the Deputy Registrar as the case may be shall hand over to the Governor any of the county symbols.
- The County Commissioner shall ensure the provision of adequate security during the conduct of the swearing-in ceremony.
- The committee shall within 30 days of swearing in provide a report on the:
- County Assets (offices, houses, schools, cars, computers, software investment, debtors etc. – their status and ownership documents)
- County liabilities (amounts & status of loans, legal liabilities)
- County bank accounts (reconciled balances)
- County Staff and county agencies
- Ongoing/multi-year projects and donor funded projects
- Pending litigation – by the county/against the county, and issues with other government agencies.
- Sources of county government funding for the last 4 years and projections for 2017/18.