In Summary
  • There are six economic blocs established so far by counties.
  • Some of the border conflicts involve Kisumu and Nandi, Kisumu and Kericho, Vihiga and Kisumu and Nyandarua and Laikipia.
  • As for Nyandarua and Laikipia counties, the wrangle has been mainly over where Nyahururu town lies.

Cross-border wrangles between counties and funding have been cited as the main challenges threatening the survival of the six regional economic blocs in the country.

Speaking in Kisumu when the County Regional Bloc task force paid a courtesy call on the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB), Central Kenya Economic Block (Cekeb) CEO Ng’ang’a Munyu said the regional economic blocs can only work if counties look beyond their self-interests.

“Counties must agree to compromise. But if you stick to your own interests, I am sorry the blocs will not go anywhere,” said Mr Munyu.

There are six economic blocs established so far by counties.

BLOCS

These are the North Rift Economic Bloc (Noreb) (seven members), Cekeb (10 members), the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) (13 members), Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP) (six members), South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (Sekeb) (three members), and Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) (seven members).

Unsettled border conflicts among some counties have presented challenges to the peaceful cohesion of communities, resulting in divisions while trying to operationalise the regional blocs.

BORDER CONFLICTS

The most common border conflicts that have threatened the good relations of counties within the same regional blocs involve Kisumu and Nandi, Kisumu and Kericho, Vihiga and Kisumu and Nyandarua and Laikipia.

The boundary row between Kisumu and Nandi counties has been over the location of the seven areas namely Chemelil, Muhoroni, Miwani, Kibigori, Kibos, Koru and Kopere.

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