Counties should be involved in the management of natural resources, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has said.
Speaking in Naivasha today before the Senate’s Standing Committee on Energy, the Governor said equitable sharing of benefits accruing from natural resources is guaranteed by law.
“Economic and social rights of communities will be realized when they are engaged on sharing resources in their localities, including energy,” he said.
Governor Kimemia chairs the Council of Governors’ Infrastructure and Energy Committee.
The County head said policy formulation could be enhanced by co-ordination between the National and County Governments during public participation at the planning process, particularly development of County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs).
“In Nyandarua’s instance, we need to have a conversation about sharing five to 10 per cent with residents for their role in conserving such key water sources as Sasumua and Konoike dams as well as the greater Aberdare catchment region,” he said.
Senators led by chairperson of the committee Hon. Ephraim Maina (Nyeri, Jubilee) hailed the Governor for highlighting a challenge affecting several other counties.
The senator also decried a legislative framework that has led to duplication of roles and overlapping of functions between National and County governments.
‘’We shall support this bill and make revisions as appropriately discussed,’’ he said.