KITUO HOLDS COMMUNITY FORUMS ON CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN THE COUNTY BUDGET IN KITUI & NAIROBI COUNTIES
PLANNING MEETINGS FOR ADP 2019/2020 FORUM
Kituo Cha Sheria’s Legal Aid and Education Department joined Kenyan citizens in engaging in the county planning and budgeting process. Kituo held community forums on citizen participation in the County Budget process in Kitui County at the ABC Hall on 7th February 2019 and the Ayiera Community Hall-Korogocho, Ruaraka Sub-County in Nairobi City County on the 26th February 2019.
The separate activities are meant to trigger and guide the citizenry to actively engage in the formulation of the Annual Development Plan in various counties. In Kitui and Nairobi Counties, participants are in pursuit of an ideal Annual Development Plan (ADP). All 47 counties are required by the law to develop ADPs every year (check Article 126 of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012). Every County shall prepare an Annual Development Plan in accordance with Article 220 (2) Constitution of Kenya 2010.
Kituo runs programmes in the areas of legal aid education, forced migration, advocacy, and governance and community partnerships; thus is strategically placed to provide the public with services through enhancing the already established programs which are aimed at empowering poor and marginalized people to effectively access justice and enjoy human and people’s rights. One of the ways in which Kituo does this is through capacity building. This mechanism amplifies the voice of the citizens on matters that affect them the most.
The community forums on citizen participation in the County Budget process were based on the realization that good public participation practices promote accountability and responsiveness to the community’s needs. Through capacity building, citizens were able to participate in the budgeting process through recommendations, holding leaders accountable and budget monitoring.
Kituo officers John Mwariri, Boniface Muinde and Janet Kosgei; who are spearheading the forums introduced the County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) 2019/2020 to the participants in the two (2) counties to help them familiarize themselves with the County’s priorities and their budget allocation in the proposed estimates.
In light of the fact that residents of Kitui and Nairobi Counties were not well versed with the budget documents, Kituo has developed a memorandum of views addressed to the Chief Officers- Economic Planning; to reflect the citizen’s views and recommendations. The whole county government budget process in Kenya is a cycle. Each cycle contains a financial quarter of three months. Thus, there is the:First Quarter that begins from 1st July to 30th September; Second Quarter that begins from 1st October to 31st December; Third Quarter that begins on 1st January to 31st March; and Fourth Quarter that begins from 1st April to 30th June.