Residents of Kakamega County have urged the County Government to establish platforms for engagements on service delivery issues affecting the County.

Speaking at the Kara Bimonthly Talk Series (BTS) Forum held on 18th April 2019 at the Golf Hotel in Kakamega, participants challenged the County Government to establish mechanisms for involvement of residents and other stakeholders in the governance at the County.

The forum under the theme “Strengthening citizen participation in sustainable development of Kakamega County.” was attended by the Kakamega County Secretary and Head of Public Service, Ms. Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo who informed participants that the County Government had developed public participation policy and the public participation manual to strengthen engagements with residents across the county.  She also assured participants that the County will establish more platforms at the Sub counties to facilitate regular interactions between the government and the public on service delivery issues.

Kara CEO Mr. Henry Ochieng urged the County Government to establish a functional framework for effective engagement with Resident Associations and other community groups. He also urged the County Government to operationalize the County Municipal Board by providing the necessary budgets and capacity that will make them effective.

Other speakers at the forum included Ms. Mary Omondi, (Managing Director, Development Work in Education, Livelihoods and Environment), Mr. Humphrey Buradi, (Executive Director, Western Water and Sanitation Forum) and Mr. Godfrey Hamadi (Director, Public Service Administration, Kakamega County). Ms. Omondi said that the County government needs to enhance engagements with the Civil Society Organizations and other non-state actors in provision of civic education to the residents. She also challenged the CSOs in the County to be organized under one platform to ensure effective engagement with the government in addressing service delivery concerns in the county. On his part Mr. Buradi urged the County Government to implement the public participation legislations and called on the residents to attend public participation forums and present their views whenever called upon.  Mr. Hamadi said that the County Government will continue to engage with residents despite the funding challenges that at times impact negatively on their activities. He also challenged residents to be proactive and share as much information as possible with the County Government on service delivery issues.