Devolution has changed Kenyan politics, but not in ways envisaged by its proponents

This image taken on February 20, 2018 in Nakuru County shows the construction of a link road on the Molo-Kibunja road. Devolution has fuelled development in many areas. PHOTO | JOHN NJOROGE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Devolution has led to the decentralisation of significant powers and resources, and created new layers of political activity.
  • Devolution has created an important group of political actors who can play a critical role in national-level politics.

Kenya’s 2010 Constitution and the devolution of power to 47 new county governments was meant to reduce competition for the country’s top seat and help address Kenya’s chronic ethnic conflicts.

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