County holds budget forums on Whatsapp groups

By Obegi Malack


Kajiado County Government has formed Ward Whatsapp groups for residents to give their contributions on budget allocations.

The groups were formed due to Covid-19 restrictions of holding gatherings. Many residents have welcomed the idea even as other oppose it.

In the cosmopolitan towns, many joined the groups but those from rural areas are yet to embrace the idea.

Residents who spoke to County Press said the functions of the county should not stop with Covid-19 and challenged the county to ensure documents are shared on time for detailed debates.

Jacob Metito regretted that though elected leaders joined groups, some did not respond to questions raised by the constituents.

However, with the technology they now have to embrace it and provide the necessary feedback.

“They only attend meetings where we are not even given a chance to question them in groups they don’t reply to our concerns,’ he said.

Most residents in remote wards such as Rombo and Purko saw few people join the groups in the first week.

Pociano Odongo from county assembly said those unable to join the groups were to send their proposals through email addresses provided.

 Community leader Mapenzi Baya from Oloolua says the use of social media is long overdue since it allows majority who cannot attend physical public meetings to give their views.

“This should not be one time thing because of Covid-19 but a norm as technology ensures effective communication especially with urban population’ she said.

The use of social media has now been embraced by several county governments, during recruitment of Medics most Counties conducted their interviews online Kajiado did not.

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