Ensuring Meaningful Engagement of the People in the County Planning Process
Nakuru, Kenya Thursday, 22nd February, 2018 –
The Nakuru County Director for Environment, Muriithi Kiogora has said that his department is tirelessly working to actualize the environmental vision of Governor Lee Kinyanjui which includes among other things planting over a million trees each year.
Speaking at the Nakuru Old Town Hall during the Public Participation for the County Integrated Development Plan 2018 – 2022, Kiogora ascertained that the Governor’s plan is significant towards increasing the forest cover in the county to at least ten per cent as provided for in article 69 of the Kenya Constitution.
Adding that this initiative also supports the CIDP’s agenda of environmental conservation.
‘Increasing the forest cover in our county is essential in saving our water towers. As we protect our water sources, we assure our people of adequate water supply and hence improve sanitation leading to healthy livelihoods’, said Kiogora.
The County’s plan of caring and protecting the environment is well informed by the current statistic of the forest cover in the county. Once implemented, Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s vision will go a long way in mitigating climate risks most of which are closely connected to deforestation.
About 0.09% of the county’s land, which translates to 679.6 Km2 is the area considered to be the gazetted forest. Therefore, there is an urgent need for afforestation so as to raise the forested area in the county to at least 10%.
The Director also told the residents when contributing on matters touching on garbage collection to consider issues of sustainability.
He noted that the charges that the County Government of Nakuru has imposed on garbage collection are friendly and their aim is to ensure that the government doesn’t put in so much resources into this at the expense of other services and at the same time people enjoy affordable garbage collection services.
This public participation forum that has being ongoing since Monday (this week) in the eleven sub-counties of Nakuru County has so far covered 48 wards. The remaining seven will have the exercise conducted tomorrow.
Today residents of Nakuru Town East Sub-County had an opportunity to express their views which will be incorporated in the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2018 – 2022.
This five-year county development plan is being made in pursuit of equity in resources allocation within the county’s fifty-five wards, will guide the county’s sectoral plans; subsequently, inform the county’s budgets which shall be anchored on the annual development priorities and objectives.
The CIDP is being formulated as per the provision of the County Government Act, 2012. Article 108 of this Act provides the guidelines for the making of a County Integrated Development Plan.
In a nutshell, a CIDP should have clear goals, an implementation plan, monitoring and evaluation provisions as well as a clear reporting mechanism.
Identify the institutional framework for implementation and addressing the county’s internal transformation needs.
An integrated development plan should have maps, statistics and other appropriate documents attached or refer to the same not attached but held in the GIS based database provided that this information is accessible to the public. Also the CIDP shall have a resource mobilization and management framework.
Since no public funds shall be appropriated outside the planning framework as established by the County Integrated Development Plan, there are provisions in the County Government Act, 2012 that allow for the amendment of CIDP.
An amendment may originate from the executive in form of a resolution, but its approval is subject to the County Assembly.
The focus on the 2018 – 2022 CIDP as guided by the national development agenda outlined in the third Medium Term Plan 2018 – 2022 shall among other things entail: carrying forward and completing the programmes initiated during the first CIDP 2013 – 2022.
Outlining policies, strategies, programmes/projects aimed at achieving the relevant Sustainable Development Goals in all sectoral areas.
Emphasize on improving governance and accountability, deepening the delivery of county public good and services.
Mainstreaming Climate Change, HIV/AIDs, Gender, Youth, Disaster Risk Reeducation and other cross-cutting issues into the county development strategies and plans.
Putting in place measures to facilitate faster growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.
Prioritize the development of both social and physical infrastructure; promotion of value addition for agricultural produce, food security and environmental conservation as well as continued promotion of equitable social economic development for county stability.