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IGRTC Consultative meeting with Taita Taveta County Government.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is one of the key pillars in solving intergovernmental conflicts. IGRTC vice Chairperson Ms. Saadia Kontoma together with Members  Mr. John Burugu, Mrs. Linet Mavu, Mrs. Angeline Hongo, and Mr. John Kimwela,  paid a courtesy call to Taita Taveta Deputy Governor H.E. Hon Christine Kilalo
The team held a consultative meeting on intergovernmental disputes between the county government of Taita Taveta and Kenya wildlife services on matters of revenue sharing from Tsavo National park, employment of locals within KWS, and compensation for destruction and damages caused by Human-Animal conflicts. The county Government of Taita Taveta cites that 62% of the county’s land is within Tsavo National park and does not collect reasonable revenue from proceeds of tourism and as a result considered filing a petition to determine aspects of equity in revenue share to boost its revenue base.
IGRTC is mandated to facilitate amicable resolution of such disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism.
The  visit is to inform the new county leadership on the progress made in solving the dispute and seeking their support for better service delivery from both levels of Government.
Lydia PlainoIGRTC Consultative meeting with Taita Taveta County Government.
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Validation workshop on County Pending Bills.

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As directed by IBEC in it’s 17th meeting to fast-track the pending liabilities settlements, IGRTC continues to engage various stakeholders owed by counties. So far, we have held engagements with CPF, Laptrust, NSSF and Lapfund. Yesterday and today, IGRTC organized for a validation workshop bringing together county executive members in charge of finance and the CPF financial services. The meeting saw counties validate their figures and develop a raft of resolutions to guide the settlement of the debts. Key among them is the waiver by CPF on interests. The function saw Tana River and Kwale enter into a legal agreement to offset the historical debts. In her closing remarks, IGRTC Vice Chair Saadia Kontoma urged counties to make use of the waivers and develop payment plans ahead of the elections. The CPF CEO Mr Kili thanked IGRTC for the successful coordination that has seen the organisation realize strides towards getting funds for pensioners. He promised to continue engaging counties and grow the relationship. On his part, the CECM caucus chair Mr Babwoya reiterated the county’s commitment to address the issue, support pension remittance, capture the payment plans in handing over reports and put in place policies to avoid future backlog of the bills.The thematic chair Mrs Angeline Hongo said IGRTC is committed to ensure the liabilities are fully settled as directed by IBEC and will keep engaging all stakeholders owed including individual creditors on the settlements Members present included John Burugu, Wilson Pere, Linet Mavu, Perminus Ndimitu and the technical team led by Ag CEO Agnes Ndwiga, CPF Team, Multi agency team and CECM from 21 County Governments.

Lydia PlainoValidation workshop on County Pending Bills.
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