Public Forums on Budget Making Process and Public Participation

FODDAJ Programmes Director Nancy Sitima addresses citizens during the forum with MCA Robert Sungura, Kajiado North CDF chair Mr Gatheru , MCA Lucy Wachuka and James Sankale Ngong Municipality Youth Officer
Photo /Obegi Malack

By Our Reporter

 The Forum for Women in Development, Democracy and Justice (FODDAJ) recently hosted public meetings for stakeholders on budget making process, the budget cycle, community oversight and expenditure.

 Kajiado County Speaker Johnson Osoi, who attended the forum, said the county assembly supports efforts that are geared towards empowering residents to ensure they are well represented in the assembly.

MCA Peter Tirishe ,County Assembly PR Officer Ponciano Odongo, MCA Mwathi Pere , Esther Gaitho from PLWD and MCA Lucy Wachuka during Kajiado Dialogue in Kajiado North.

He assured them that the assembly will work with the organisers in ensuring residents understand the processes.

“We were the first county to hold Bunge Mashinani, the concept that was formulated to bring legislative business closer to the people,” he said.

The Bunge platform allowed members of the public to participate in legislative processes, to understand the mandate of the Assembly as well as how county laws are developed relative to their needs

 The meeting convened by the Community Based Organisation (CBO) was to educate the community on how to engage meaningfully in the budget making process.

It also sensitized the community on how to engage their leaders on the public participation process to ensure only priority projects are passed and followed up by citizens themselves through an audit system.

Citizens during the civic education meetings.

The Programmes Director Nancy Sitima said they are focused on building linkages between the citizens of Kajiado County and national government to demystify the budget making process.

 She said it was clear more civic education needs to be carried out in the county after they held their first meetings.

 “Leaders should give priority to the interest of local residents and ensure issues that affect them are at the forefront of their policy-making and budget-making process,” Sitima said.

The FODDAJ forums were attended by MCAs Robert Sungura (Ngong), Mwathi Pere (Rongai) Peter Tirishe (Mosiro), nominated MCA Lucy Wachuka  and officials of municipalities.

Officials representing local MPs also supported the idea of empowering citizens in terms of budget making and oversight.

FODDAJ in conjunction with Uraia and Elveza Media will hold more such forums in each sub-county

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