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Submitted by Jean Lokenga on
Decentralizing in many African countries has been people's aspiration. Devolution of power was one of the key issues that delayed the constitutional review process in Kenya as from 1999. I fully agree that decentralization is not a panacea, and will never be, to development. It depends on how it is designed and what people make out of it. After four decades of centralized systems of governance, it is time for African countries to decentralize. Of course, it should not remain a political option of governance, but rather a result of feasability studies taking into account possible obstacles and lessons learnt from other countries. Decentralization could be a way of promoting transparency, and competition for economic growth between various counties.