Over the past ten years of devolution, considerable resources have been allocated to Kericho County to improve service delivery to its citizens. To evaluate the impact of these investments, a team from the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) led by Commissioner Koitamet Olekina conducted an extensive field assessment.
Kericho County is known for its most iconic feature – the tea plantations. Often referred to as the “tea capital of Kenya,” this region boasts vast expanses of tea estates, producing some of the finest tea in the world. A visit to Kericho County is most certainly an unforgettable experience that leaves one yearning to return. As you drive through the winding roads, the vibrant green tea leaves create a mesmerizing sight, giving the landscape an enchanting aura. This county, located in the western part of the country, has captivated the hearts of locals and tourists alike with its serene beauty, rich cultural heritage, and hospitality. Whether you seek tranquillity amidst nature, a taste of Kenyan culture, or thrilling adventures, this county has it all.
Since the implementation of devolution in Kenya, the Constitution of 2010 has sought to promote equitable social and economic development by establishing a governance structure consisting of national and county governments. CRA plays a crucial role in ensuring the objectives of devolution are achieved by recommending the basis for equitable sharing of revenue raised nationally between the national and the county governments (vertical) and among the county governments (horizontal).
During the assessment, the team visited the Kericho Referral Hospital oxygen plant, which was found to be complete and operational. The hospital, however, has an inoperative compressor, leading to empty oxygen cylinders. Furthermore, the Kaitui Trauma Centre, despite being established, lacked adequate medical personnel and proper waste disposal mechanisms. Similarly, patients at Kenegut Dispensary only access prescription-only services, and essential drugs are lacking. Also, staff shortages in this health facilities posed challenges to the effective operation of medical services.