The National Government has reiterated its commitment towards addressing challenges facing arid and semi-arid counties through the development of a partnership coordination framework.

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Principal Secretary Ministry of Devolution, State Department for Development of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Micah Powon says the framework will go long way in addressing numerous challenges among them lack of coordination and mobilization of resources.

Speaking on Wednesday when he officially opened a 3-days workshop in Nakuru on validation of the framework, the PS revealed that statistics from National Treasury indicate that since the inception of Devolution, a lot of resources have been disbursed to semi and arid counties but less development has been realized.

While citing Turkana County as an example of the areas where development has not been realized despite the resources, the PS was categorical that with the framework in place, the challenges will be addressed. 

He called on the stakeholders in ASALs areas to be accountable when it comes to resources absorption.

"What is it that we are not doing right? It’s high time we are accountable" Powon said. 

"We are not developing this document for the national government but we are doing so for Kenya citizens so let us do it wholeheartedly," added the PS noting that the concept of Partnership Coordination Framework came as a result of the resolution of Malindi Conference in 2018.

The Framework will help address duplication in planning, resources mobilization and proper coordination.