Kakamega Capacity Building Workshop on Budget Process and Strategies of Engagement.

 

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Ms Pauline Vata .Ag Director Hakijamii takes participants through the Tools of Social Accountability at Malava in Kakamega County.

With the support of Ford Foundation and Misereor, Hakijamii organized a two days Capacity Building Workshop on Budget Process and Strategies of Engagement in Kakamega County. The venue of the workshop was AFCEA Church Malava. The church is located opposite Total Petrol Station along Kakamega-Webuye road and at the edge of Malava Forest. The workshop was attended by 40 community members from Lulambi, Ikolomani, Malava and Shinyalu Sub-Counties.

Day one was opened with a presentation from Mr. Geoffrey Kerosi (Program Officer, Policy Research & Budgeting). He made a presentation on County Budget Process. Participants were taken the steps through which the County Fiscal Policy Paper (CFSP) passes before it is approved by the County Assembly. Then they were taken through the key dates in the county budget making process.

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Mr. Geoffrey Kerosi, Program Officer Policy Research and Budgeting takes participants through the County Budget Process in Kakamega County.

Ms. Pauline Vata (Ag. Executive Director) made a presentation on “Social Audit as a Budget Monitoring Tool.” She successfully led the participants in discussing issues of Social accountability. This was very important since once citizens have understood what is contained in a CFSP they have to know how to hold the government accountable. The participants were taken through various stages of social audit. She concluded her presentation by pointing out that social audit can only be successful through active citizen participation.

Mr. Samuel Olando whose is the Program Assistant at Hakijamii made a presentation on “Advocacy Planning Cycle and Strategies.” He highlighted various types of advocacy such as self-advocacy, peer advocacy and legal advocacy. He concluded his presentation by training the participants on how to plan and implement successful advocacy campaigns.

Many of the workshop participants praised the county government of Kakamega for its efforts to modernize a number of facilities in the county which include the planned upgrading of Amalemba and Sipala informal settlements and establishment of a medical school at MMUST. The participants were very excited that the upgrading of informal settlement was proposed by Kakamega Urban Forum in the previous Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) public hearings. For FY 2015/2016, the participants proposed that treasury should make allocations to promote the culture of bull-fighting; produce important county documents in Braille; establish a secondary school for people with disability at Mwikhomo School for the Deaf; planting bamboos along rivers Yala and Isiukhu and allocate funds for disabled people-infrastructure at all public offices.

This year’s Kakamega Urban Forum budget proposals were submitted on 13thFebruary, 2015 to the Kakamega County Government Treasury by Mr. Humphrey Buradi of Western Water & Sanitation Forum (Wewasafo).

In conclusion, the event was a great success. People who attended called upon the government of Kakamega to finalize on the citizen participation guidelines in the public participation process.

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