Governor of Nakuru County Commits to Work with Civil Society Organizations
H.E. the Governor, Lee Kinyanjui holds Breakfast Meeting with Members of Nakuru CSO Forum in Merica Hotel, Nakuru Town
Nakuru, 6th April, 2018 – The Governor of Nakuru County, Lee Kinyanjui has committed to partner with civil society organizations in the county to ensure smooth delivery of government mandate in the County. Speaking to members of Nakuru CSO Forum during a breakfast meeting held in Merica Hotel, Governor Kinyanjui acknowledged that CSOs implement projects that complement the functions of County Government in different sectors.
During the meeting, members of the Nakuru CSO Forum drew the attention of the Governor and his Cabinet to the need to implement the County Public Participation and Civic Education Act, 2015 as well as the Persons with Disability Act. In their view, implementation of these two pieces of legislation facilitate meaningful public participation, strengthen citizen oversight and enhance access to basic rights for Persons with Disability.
Regular and structured engagement between CSOs and the County Government is the other key issue that the CSO Forum tabled during the breakfast meeting. According to the Forum, such engagements will facilitate information sharing and serve as a platform for providing feedback on public service delivery in the county. The CSO Forum proposed the establishment of a CSO Liaison Committee and Office to coordinate engagement between CSOs and Government Departments and facilitate access to public information in the County.
Other issues that members of Nakuru CSO Forum tabled for consideration by the county include the need to address the needs and rights of special interest groups, the establishment of the County Policing Authority as a mechanism for promoting peace and security in the county and strengthening of decentralized units.
The CSO Forum highlighted several areas of collaboration with the County Government including policy influencing through research, dissemination of public information and capacity strengthening of government actors.
“CSOs can work with Nakuru County Government to provide civic education, promote public participation, provide feedback on service delivery and strengthen implementation of devolution,” Bancy Kubutha, Executive Director of Center for Transformational Leadership noted.
Responding to issues tabled by members of the CSO Forum, Governor Kinyanjui acknowledged the need for enhanced collaboration between CSOs and Government in serving the residents of Nakuru County. In his response, the governor highlighted key areas of collaboration that include public participation, civic education, knowledge generation, citizen feedback on service delivery and dissemination of public information.
In line with issues raised, the Governor committed to partner with CSOs, especially those working on governance issues, to establish the necessary structures for purposes of facilitating public participation at the lowest levels. He said the County Government is working to develop a policy that will ensure citizen views at the grassroot are addressed.
He also committed to partner with CSOs in facilitating timely access to public information and educating citizens towards realizing meaningful participation in planning and budgeting processes.
“Citizens should be able to receive information that enables them to prepare for public participation in advance because public participation should not be a public relations exercise We have groups in the community that can be representatives of women, youth, persons with disabilities and retired professionals,” Governor Kinyanjui said.
The Governor acknowledged the need for regular interactions between CSOs and government and committed to hold Governor’s Roundtable Meetings every six months to allow for consultations and information sharing between Government and CSOs.
“We welcome the annual or bi-annual meeting between the County Government and Civil Society Organizations to discuss issues that affect and benefit Nakuru residents,” he said.
Further, the Governor instructed the Chief of Staff to work with representatives of CSOs to facilitate the establishment of a CSO Liaison Committee that will prepare modalities for structured engagement between CSOs and the County Government.
Following this meeting, the Nakuru CSO Forum and representatives of the County Government under the coordination of the Chief of Staff agreed to meet in two weeks to develop a framework to actualize these commitments and guide future engagements.
The breakfast meeting was attended by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Erick Korir, County Executive Committee Members for Public Service, Devolution and Training, Mr. Mwania Mwangangi, Education and ICT, Mr. Raymond Komen, Dr. Joseph Kiuna, Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Peter Katyenya, Trade, Industry and Tourism, Dr. Immaculate Njuthe, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. Also present were the Chief of Staff, Mr. Njoroge Gichuhi, Director of Political Affairs, Ms. Beatrice Nyawira and DirectorLiaison, Mr. Grishon Nono
The breakfast meeting was organized by the Nakuru CSO Forum led by co-conveners, Center for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG) and Center for Transformational Leadership (CTL).