Residents of Kiambu County have urged the County Government to facilitate structured public participation and ensure that the views and expectations of various stakeholders are reflected in the various decisions made by the government.

Speaking at the KARA Bimonthly Talk Series (BTS) Forum held in Thika, Kiambu County, participants challenged the County Government to implement the Kiambu County Community and Neighborhood Associations Promotion of Participation and Engagement Act 2016, which provides a mechanism for involvement and participation of stakeholders in decision making.

The County Executive Committee Member for Planning and Urban Development, Mr. James Maina stated that the County has established a public participation directorate to facilitate and enhance public participation in the County affairs. He said that the County Government will engage Resident Associations development of Kiambu County Spatial Plan that provides long term solution to development challenges facing the County.

Speaking at the same forum, KARA CEO Mr. Henry Ochieng supported the call for implementation of the Kiambu County Community and Neighborhood Associations Promotion of Participation and Engagement Act 2016. He said that the County Government should live up to the letter and spirit of public participation by adhering to the principles of participation as stated in the Constitution and other legislations. He urged residents of the County to take a keen interest on critical issues such as budgeting and policy making processes, and demand that their views be reflected in the final product of such processes.

Mr. Kinuthia Wamwangi, Former Chairman Transition Authority of Kenya,urged the County Government to create an inventory of all Residents Associations within the County and effectively engage them in the governance of the County. Other speakers at the forum included Mr. Dan Miano, Chief Executive Officer, Central Region Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Alfred Wanyoike, Chairman, Thika District Business Association