Sonko urges public to participate in budget making process

February 12, 2019 8:40 am
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Sonko said this will ensure that the public has a voice for all the county projects that will be implemented in the 2019/2020 fiscal year/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – Nairobi City County residents have an opportunity to participate in this year’s budget making process.

In a bid to ensure transparency and public involvement in the budget making process, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has set aside a whole week for the exercise.

Sonko said this will ensure that the public has a voice for all the county projects that will be implemented in the 2019/2020 fiscal year.

Sonko said Monday that pursuant to the provisions of Article 220 (2) of the Constitution of Kenya as read together with section 117 (1)-(5) of the Public Finance Management Act 2012, the Nairobi City County seeks to formulate the Fiscal Strategy for the period 2019/20.

“We therefore invite members of the Public, Civil Society Organizations, Faith Based Organizations and the Private Sector practitioners to participate in the process.

Consultative forums have been scheduled in all the 17 sub-counties,” said Sonko.

This is the second time the Nairobi City County is publicly holding such forums for the public since 2013.

Sonko said a validation forum will be held on Friday at Charter Hall.

A draft of the proposed Fiscal Policy Paper may be obtained from the Office of the Director-Economic Planning, City Hall Treasury 4th Floor Room 404 or may be downloaded from the Nairobi County Assembly website.

Sonko has also directed members of the public to submit written memoranda to the Office of the County Secretary and Head of County Public Service at City Hall.

At the sub-county level, the venues for public participation have been identified at Dagoretti North Muslim Primary School Hall, Dagoretti South Waithaka Social Hall and Embakasi Central Kayole II Social Hall.

In Embakasi North, Dandora III Social Hall, Embakasi South Mukuru Health Centre (Imara Daima), Embakasi East Embakasi Social Hall and Embakasi West Sub-County Administration Office Grounds – Umoja I.

Others are Makadara Jericho Social, Ruaraka Resource Centre – CDF Office, Roysambu Kahawa West Market Parking Area, Kasarani Maji Mazuri Grounds and Kamukunji Eastleigh North Social Hall.

Langata Karen Social Hall, Mathare Undugu Social Hall Mabatini Ward, Kibra Joseph Kang’ethe Social Hall (Woodley Ground), Westlands Parklands Day Nursery School and Starehe Kariokor Social Hall.

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