Public participation is key in budget making process as a way of enhancing good governance.
When she opened a two day training for representatives of various elected ward development committees , CEC for Devolution, Public Service, Administration and eGovernment Dr. Maureen Rotich noted an increase in the number of residents turning up for public participation forums in the recent years.
Dr Rotich however said there is still need for much awareness creation among members of the public if desired levels of participatory implementation of both ongoing and future county development projects at grassroots level are to be attained.
“The role of the ward development committees is central as they are expected to mobilize the community towards effective participation on project prioritization, budget process implementation and monitoring and evaluation. I call upon you to execute this diligently and educate all our residents on the importance of public participation.” She advised.
The department chief thanked Konrad Adenauer Stiffung and Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG), the two partner organizations that have been helping the county government in conducting civic education.
CEDGG Programmes Manager Kamunche Masese said that civic education is a critical tool in enhancing public participation as it informs citizens of their need and right to voice major socioeconomic and political concerns.
“Civic education empowers citizens to play their specific, rightful governance roles and responsibilities.” Said Masese.