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Submitted by P K MWANGI on
I have just completed a six weeks assignment on the impact of drought on communities in 3 of the most (neglected?) counties in northern and eastern Kenya. The experience was heart breaking as communities narrated their experiences in the hands of cattle rustlers and government security agents,hunger,diseases and theft of development funds by civil servants from Kenyas rich areas, among other calamities, These problems have been increasing over the last nearly 50 years since Kenya attained political independence with population increase in the areas leading to more conflicts over declining resources. I have no doubt in my mind that with devolution,the people of the marginalized counties,especially those in northern Kenya and the coastal region will be better off, despite their serious skills capacity limitations.