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Mr John Kimwela is an experienced civil servant whose experience is in both public and private sector spanning over 15 years.

He previously served as a policy advisor to the Ministry of Devolution where he helped draft policy papers and spearhead vast changes in the Devolution sector.

He also previously worked in the media industry at Capital News, Standard media Group and Nation media as a media consultant where he greatly contributed to the growth in revenue streams and reforms. Ealier, Mr  Kimwela also worked in the banking sector with Barclays Bank as a Business Advisor. He holds a bachelor of science in mathematics degree from Catholic University of Eastern Africa.

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Mr. Wilson Pere is a seasoned public servant with wide experience in the water sector and institutional development spanning over 20 years rising within the ranks of an assistant secretary with Public Service Commission, fund manager, National Constituency Development Fund to Managing Director of Narok Water and Sewerage Co. Limited. He is currently serving as a member of the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee where he chairs the sub-committee on Finance, Human Resource and Institutional Development. Mr. Pere has long experience in donor relations having dealt with donor funded projects in the water sector where he is credited with the successful implementation of the Water Services Trust projects, including the augmentation of water supply for Narok Town. He has also served in several boards including Kenya Water Services Providers Association where he was an executive committee member. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi where he specialized in management science.

Margaret KorirMR. WILSON PERE
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  • Master of Arts Degree in International Studies from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
  • Higher Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Institute of Human Resources Management of Kenya, IHRM(K).


Mr. John N. Burugu chairs the thematic area (Sub-Committee) on Summit and Council of Governors (CoG) Affairs.

The resourceful and initiative driven leader brings a wealth of extensive experience gained in over 26 years of public service of which, as a trained Career Administrator, served in Provincial Administration for fourteen years (14) in Western, Coast, and Central regions before joining the Central Government to work in the then Local Government, Cooperatives Development and Marketing, and also Youth and Sports Affairs Ministries.

The 51 years old passionate advocate of Devolution is among pioneer authors having published his book: The County Understanding Devolution and Governance in Kenya in 2010 and a revised edition published in 2012. A third edition is underway.

Since the promulgation of the new constitution, Mr. Burugu has concentrated in Governance, Public Policy, and Strategic Management as core areas of interest. He reads and researches widely on Leadership, Governance, Public Policy, and Constitutionalism; often penning articles published in local dailies.

Mr. Burugu is a good trainer with excellent skills in communication. He is also gifted with great proficiency in interpersonal skills hence can interact with people from different walks of life for enhanced public engagement. His hobbies are reading international journals and listening to international news.

Moreover, he possesses understanding in formulating and implementing best-practice management principles while nurturing a philosophy that stimulates sound work ethics.

Mr. Burugu’s goal is to make a difference in society by promoting cohesion, equality, integration, and a conflict-free environment. He is also a member of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).

Margaret KorirMR. JOHN N. BURUGU
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  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance Option from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Accounting Option from the University of Nairobi (UoN).


Mrs. Angeline Hongo is a career civil servant with over 30 years of working experience. Before joining the then Ministry of Cooperatives as Principal Auditor, Mrs. Hongo worked as an auditor in then Controller and Auditor General’s Office.

She has also worked in the defunct Ministry of Local Government as Program Coordinator, Kenya Local Government Reform Program, charged with reforming the Local Government Sector. She also served as Secretary to Local Authorities Trust Fund (LATF) Advisory Board.

With the advent of the devolved system of governance, Mrs. Hongo who was then in the Ministry of Local Government was appointed as Joint Secretary to the Task Force on Devolved System of Governance in Kenya, a task force that was charged with the mandate to develop implementation mechanisms for the devolved system of government. She was later appointed as a member of the Inter-Ministerial Committee charged with implementing the Task Force report that came up with the Devolution laws.

As a highly self-motivated and enthusiastic leader, Mrs. Hongo was appointed as a Member and Vice-Chairperson of the Transition Authority, the body that spearheaded and midwifed the introduction of Devolution in Kenya.

She has also served as the Director, Intergovernmental Relations in the State Department of Devolution and was an alternate to the Principal Secretary State Department of Devolution in the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC). Mrs. Hongo also represented the Principal Secretary, State Department of Devolution in the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC).

During her period in the public service, Mrs. Hongo has as well served in a number of statutory boards including board members of Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) and TANA Water Services Board, and TANATHI Water Services Board. In the year, 2012, Mrs. Hongo was awarded the coveted Presidential Award of Moran of Burning Spear (MBS) due to her distinguished and exemplary service to the Nation in particular to Devolution.

Mrs. Hongo has also attended several courses and workshops in Public Administration, Local and Sub-National Governance, Finance among others.


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  • Ongoing Ph.D. in pursuit of a doctorate in Business Management at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
  • Master of Business Administration in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi (UoN).
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education from Kenyatta University.
  • Diploma in Public Relations Management from Kenya Institute of Management.


Mrs. Linet Mavu is the Chairperson of the thematic area (Sub-Committee) on Functional Analysis, Costing, and Transfer of services (FACT at IGRTC.

She brings a wealth of experience spanning over 34 years gained during her tenure in public service in which five years she served as the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Administration and Devolution in Taita Taveta County Government.

Before joining the devolved system of governance, Mrs. Mavu served for Six (6) years in the Ministry of Local Government and stationed in Mombasa Municipal Council where she rose from the position of Senior Administrative Officer, Chief Public Relations Officer, and Principal Establishment officer to being the Assistant Town Clerk.

For twelve (12) years, Mrs. Mavu served as a Graduate Teacher in Allidina Visram (Mombasa), Kenyatta High School (Mwatate), and Murray Girls High School in Taita Taveta.

Having been a darling to devolution, Mrs. Mavu has two publications under her palm: Devolution in Kenya – Driving forces and future scenarios and Taita Taveta -The Hidden Treasure.

She is also a champion of Community Leadership having emerged as Mrs. President (Post 6) for Taita Taveta County following a European Union-sponsored Women leadership Challenge in the year 2019.

Mrs. Mavu is also the Founder of Ache Africa-Arise Organization aimed at women empowerment and has served in various Boards of Institutions/ Organizations. She is also a founder of several women organizations such as Coast Women and Men Mentorship Forum (COWMEFO) and Pan African Christian Women Alliance (PACWA).

The self-motivated and fervent leader is the founder of ALCCA Consultants Limited, a consultancy firm concerned with Devolution, Management, Training, Governance, and Leadership.

She has been engaged in training Members of Parliament (MPs) from Uganda on Devolution in Kenya (2018/2019). Before the later, Mrs. Mavu did consultancy for the World Bank-funded project – Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP) as Team Leader for Annual Capacity Assessment (ACPA).

Mrs. Mavu is a member of the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM). Her interests are; social work, community empowerment, motivational talks, sporting, and reading.


Margaret KorirMRS. LINET M. MOSA
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