In­volve res­i­dents in project plan­ning, Kakamega told

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The Kakamega county govern­ment has been ac­cused of fail­ing to al­low public par­tic­i­pa­tion in plan­ning, iden­ti­fy­ing and im­ple­ment­ing projects.

A sur­vey con­ducted by the Na­tional Anti-Cor­rup­tion Steer­ing Com­mit­tee in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Kakamega county Anti-Cor­rup­tion Civil­ian Over­sight Com­mit­tee re­veals the ex­ec­u­tive im­poses projects on com­mu­ni­ties with­out pri­ori­tis­ing de­vel­op­ment.

Speak­ing af­ter vis­it­ing the Shi­at­sala ECDE cen­tre put up by the county for Sh2 mil­lion, NACCSC mem­ber Ever­line Rono crit­i­cised the county of­fi­cials for fail­ing to ad­here to con­sti­tu­tional re­quire­ments. The com­mit­tees launched the so­cial au­dit of both na­tional and county govern­ment projects in Kakamega on Wed­nes­day.

“We’ve noted the county is putting up ECDE class­rooms in each of its 60 wards and up­grad­ing 10km roads in ev­ery ward with­out con­sult­ing res­i­dents. This goes against the Con­sti­tu­tion, which de­mands it in­volves res­i­dents,” Rono said. The com­mit­tees were in­formed the county Project Man­age­ment com­mit­tee was left out.

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