Africities Caucus

Africities Caucus

CS Defence Hon Eugene Wamalwa, Nairobi’s Governor Ann Kananu and Kisumu Governor, Anyang Nyong’o presided the opening ceremony of East African Regional Caucus of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) in Nairobi. The purpose of the regional caucus is to drum up support from other regions across Africa for the 9th Africities Summit to be held in Kisumu from 17-21 May, 2022.

The aim of the Africities is to strengthen local and county governments as stressed by Governor Nyong’o. “May I take this opportunity therefore ladies and gentlemen, to encourage us all to follow in the footsteps of local and regional governments who have signed up to this agreement like Kisumu County to come forth and begin the journey to economic independence. Kisumu is ready to host you. Am confident that the success of this summit will open the door to other intermediary cities to host Africities.”

According to Uwimama Innocent, VP, UCLG Africa, “The East Africa Region office has had been hosted in Arusha but has faced a few challenges and will now be relocated to Nairobi. The other major challenge has been the COVID-19 Pandemic which has impacted on both the short and long-term planning and service delivery cycle for our cities and sub-national governments.”

The UCLG Africa aims to improve service delivery through local initiatives that promote national development such as setting priorities for local and regional governments, in this case, Counties. According to CS Wamalwa, “This will build capacity for members through development of regional resource centres, and strengthens existing national associations.”

The conference is aimed to “incorporate inclusive and sustainable best practices in the local government sector by holding regional strategy Caucuses with set out objectives and specific programmes.”

The Caucus also involves the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and the Network of Locally Elected Youth of Africa (YELO) whose General Assemblies will take place in the confines of the Summit in Kisumu.

Africities Summit will offer the Lake Region and Kenya at large an opportunity to showcase its successes as well as the vast investment opportunities which could be exploited by both local and foreign businessmen.

UCLG Africa has a membership of 44 National Associations of local Governments from all the five regions of Africa with regional offices in Accra, Ghana; Cairo, Egypt; Pretoria, South Africa; Libreville, Gabon and the proposed Nairobi, Kenya.