Resident Associations in Kiambu County have urged the County Government to implement the Kiambu County Community and Neighborhood Associations

Promotion of Participation and Engagement Act 2016, in order to strengthen collaboration between the Resident Associations and the County Government on service delivery. Speaking at a meeting between Kiambu County Government and Resident Associations, organized by Kara in partnership with Redhill Kentmere Residents Association and Kahawa Sukari Welfare Residents Association, representatives of various Associations in Kiambu County raised concern that the Act is not being implemented two years after it was enacted.

The formulation and push for enactment of the Act was an initiative of Kara in collaboration with the then Member of County Assembly for Kahawa Sukari Ward Hon. Peter Geche Karanja. The Act seeks to give effect to Articles 10 and 174 of the Constitution as regards the principle of public participation, and also provides an effective framework for structured engagements between the Kiambu County Government and Resident Associations.

Kara supports the call by Resident Associations for the implementation of the Act and committed to engage both the County Assembly and the County Executive to ensure that the Act is implemented. “We will engage the County Assembly Committee on Implementation and Law; Committee on County Public Service and Administration and the County Executive Committee Members in charge of Administration and Public Service to ensure that the Act is effectively implemented and its objectives realized” said Kara CEO Mr. Henry Ochieng while addressing the meeting.

The County Assembly was represented at the meeting by members of the Committee on Implementation and Law led by the Chairperson Hon. Waweru Yvonne Wanjiku while the Executive was represented by Mr. John Mutie, Ag. Chief Officer for Administration and Public Service together with a team from the County legal office.

Mr. Mutie stated that the County Government was committed to the implementation of the Act and working with Resident Associations to enhance service provision. “The County Government had experienced challenges in implementing the law due to the High Court’s directive to the Counties to publish their legislations in their own County Gazette. The Law therefore had to be republished before its implementation could commence. We are now ready to proceed with the implementation” he said.

Hon. Yvonne Wanjiku, the Chairperson of Committee on Implementation and Law said that that the committee had developed a comprehensive list of laws that are currently being implemented by the County Executive, and was making follow ups on those that are not being implemented. “We will first write to the County Executive asking them to facilitate implementation of the Act. This will then be followed by a sermon to appear before the Committee should the problem persist” she said. She pointed out that there is need to harmonize laws on public participation to ensure effective implementation and public participation.

It was agreed that Resident Associations in Kiambu County will invoke Section 6 of the Act to apply for recognition agreement to the County Government as a first step towards facilitating their engagement with the County Government.