2017 revealed the two sides of devolution

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (left) and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi (right), and other Coast leaders, on November 3, 2017 hold a press conference at Mr Joho's offices to address their push for secession. Kenya’s separatist leaders face an uphill battle to turn their dreams of independence into a reality. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Devolution can boost political participation and create a more responsive political system.
  • Less obviously, Nasa’s strategy for contesting Jubilee’s political authority has relied heavily on county structures.

Devolution is often promoted on the basis that it is more democratic and inclusive and, therefore, promotes better and more stable government.

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