Residents of Kisii County have been urged to embrace public participation to enhance accountability and transparency in the County governance.

Speaking at the Kara Bimonthly Talk Series (BTS) forum held in Kisii County on 16th August 2019 and supported by Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Kisii County Deputy Governor Hon Joash Maangi said that it was the responsibility of the residents to point out and prioritise their development needs by attending and making contributions during public participation forums. “Proper development will not happen if the public shied away from participation. You should take an interest in the preparation of the Annual Development Plan, budgets, legislations so that you can state your priorities and expectations” he said.  

Participants were informed that the County Government has established platforms such as public complaints Committee to engage the public and address their service delivery concerns. The County also uses social media and local media stations to disseminate information and receive feedback from the public. Kara CEO Mr. Henry Ochieng urged participants to strengthen coordination among various resident associations and community groups in order to be more effective in their engagement with the government. He challenged the County Government to facilitate Kisii Municipal Boards to take up their roles as prescribed in the Urban Areas and Cities Act. He urged the County Government and various stakeholders to work together in establishing the citizens forum as provided for in the UACA and County Government Act.  

Other speakers at the forum included Ms. Alice Nyariki (Lecturer, Kisii University), Mr. Denish Matunga (Lecturer, JKUAT) and Mr. Robert Orangi (Project Officer, Keeping Alive Societies Hope- KASH).