January 19, 2022



Multi-level Governance for Climate Action @7TH Annual Devolution Conference 2021

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Story by GerohPaul @entvkenya

Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga represents President Kenyatta at the opening of Devolution Conference in Wote – Makueni

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the event virtually and is expected to plant the two millionth tree at the end of the conference, which means that 1,999,999 trees have been planted already.

In Summary,

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta was expected to open the event but is now expected to officially close it on Friday 26th 2021.
  • The event has also seen an ongoing tree-planting initiative where 1,999,999 trees have been planted with the last tree of that initiative expected to be planted by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta.
  • In his address, President Uhuru Kenyatta insist that “No single human can solve the challenge of climate change. advice Kenyans to take collective responsibility and play a part in making a change into the climate challenge that poises existential threats to humans with Kenya being among the most vulnerable countries that is highly exposed to the dangers of climate change.

President Uhuru Kenyatta stated that the rising water levels has affected livelihood around Lake Vitoria and has reduced flamingo population in Nakuru County with visible effects like droughts and locust attacks among others.

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta had been expected to open the event but gave a virtual opening speech and officially opened the colorful event.
Delegates take a monumental photo during the 7th annual devolution conference 2021
  • Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i represented the president and said that Raila was the chief guest and key note speaker at the event.
  • The event has created a tree-planting initiative where 1,999,999 trees have been already planted in Makueni, Machakos, Kitui, Embu and Kajiado counties.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to plant the two millionth tree during the conference.

Interior Cabinet Secretary of Kenya Dr. Fred Matiang’i and the former Prime Minister Raila Odinga took the lead as they jointly participated in the unveiling of the Devolution Monument. The devolution monument signifies the strength of devolution.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga during the unveiling of the Devolution Monument.
Image: KBC

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is the chief guest at the 7th devolution conference 2021, happening in Wote, Makueni County.

Raila arrived at the conference at 11 am and stayed until the end of the day while the 3 -day event is expected to end on Friday 26th 2021.


This year’s theme is ‘Multi-level Governance for Climate Action: Sub National Mobilisation in Unlocking the Full Potential of Climate Action during after pandemics.’

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter was present in the event and ensured Kenyans that strict Covid-19 measures would be adhered to during the conference which eventually turned to be the case.

He added that Council of Governors in collaboration with the Ministry of Health had rolled out a vaccination drive at the Council’s offices from November 16th to 18th ensuring that all delegates are fully vaccinated before attending the event.

Hon. Keter gave an assurance that the conference will address issues affecting climate change.

Council of Governors vice-chairman James Ongwae commended Makueni County for its preparedness towards hosting the conference which indeed happened swiftly as expected.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga during the unveiling of the Devolution Monument |Photo:- KBC

Ongwae said that Makueni County currently has 11 isolation beds, 8 HDU beds, and 9 ICU beds to ensure an arising emergency support and response,” Governor Ongwae further acknowledged timeliness of the event in line with Glasgow conference for climate change which happened in the UK.

“We are going to discuss the implementation modalities of ensuring sub-national governments are part of the whole process,” Said Gov. Ongwae.

On the same note,

The Governor of Makueni, Kivutha Kibwana welcomed delegates and participants to the conference saying that “this is an opportunity to discuss this important issues of changing climate especially for communities that are at a risk of the climate challenge, and explain to them how to combat it,” H.E. Hon. Kivutha Kibwana said in brief.

The conference is set to have 5 sessions in the main plenum and 14 sector breakaway sessions.

Key agencies involved in planning the conference include the CoG, the Presidency, Ministry of Devolution, development partners, the Senate, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Health, County Assemblies Forum, civil society organizations, and the private sector.

This conference, has been held annually in the last six years, but will now be scheduled once every two years starting 2022.

Initially, the conference had been scheduled for May 3 to May 7, 2021 but due to Covid – 19, this event was postponed from its initial planned date to August this year and later moved to 24th – 26th Nov.

More than 3,000 fully vaccinated delegates attended the conference at Makueni Boys High School in WOTE.

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Story by GerohPaul – @ENTV Kenya


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