The research study which was done in both Kisumu and Kilifi Counties between September and December last year aimed at examining internal governance and the capacity of each of the core County Government actors such as county Executive and Assembly and their roles in promoting integrity in the county government system.
Speaking in Kisumu during the official launch of the study report, Transparency International head of programs Dalmas Okendo who spoke on behalf of the T.I Executive Director Samwel Kimeu said the assessment also aimed at developing a follow-up action plan for strengthening integrity at the County Level in collaboration with key county stakeholders.
He said the study was conducted on five core government actors including the County Executive, County Assembly, Local Bureaucracy, Political parties and the police, adding that with a set of oversight and accountability functions.
Transparency International involved key players in the county Government and civil society in validating the study’s findings and recommendations, he said.
He said some of the key findings of the study report were the County Assembly has adequate resources to carry out its duties and was found to be independent from the executive wing of the county government thus enhancing an effective oversight role over the executive.
Another finding was that the County Assembly processes are not transparent as citizens were unable to readily access basic information such as the Hansard Reports and Draft Bills.
The Executive has clear roles and functions set out and had adequate resources to carry out its duties. However, it has not yet established a localized framework to manage the County Public Service and is still using guidelines created for, and use by the National Government, part of the report said.
The report on the study now recommends that the Clerk of the County Assembly in consultation with the Speaker of same County Assembly should set aside certain days for citizen consultative forums for Assembly activities and publicise these days in the local media to ensure wide public participation.
The reports also further recommends that the County Assembly should set up a communication center or Customer care desks and websites where citizens can access relevant information about the county government as and when needed.
The report further recommends that the County Government needs to draft laws which do not contravene national legislation and the Constitution to assist them to implement their functions effectively.
The report says devolution work is in progress and citizens should look forward to pluck its fruits in the coming years.
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