Governor Lee Kinyanjui has said the County Government of Nakuru wants to work with the civil society to lay ground for collaboration and participation.
Speaking at a meeting convened by Nakuru Civil Society Organizations Forum today, Governor Kinyanjui said the County wants to come up with a public participation policy that will ensure views from wananchi at the grassroots level are addressed.
“We have groups in the community who can be representatives for women, youth, people living with disabilities and retired professionals. Public participation should not be a public relations exercise,” he said.
He said the County Government will come up with a one-stop office for collaboration between the County and civil societies in Nakuru.
He noted that the civil society plays an important role in research that can inform policy and assessment of needs and development initiatives by the County Government.
“We welcome annual and bi-annual meeting between the County and civil society to discuss issues that affect and benefit Nakuru residents,” he said.
Present at the meeting were Nakuru County Deputy Governor Dr. Erick Korir, CECs Mr. Mwania Mwangangi, Mr. Raymond Komen, Dr. Peter Ketyenya, Dr. Immaculate Njuthe, Mr. Joseph Kiuna, Chief of Staff Mr. Njoroge Gichuhi, Director of Political Affairs Ms. Beatrice Nyawira and Director Liaison Mr. Grishon Nono.
Members from different Nakuru-based civil society organizations were also present.
Ms. Bancy Kubutha, the Executive Director Centre for Transformational Leadership said CSOs can work with the County Government in civic education, promote public participation, provide feedback on issues from citizens and strengthen implementation of devolution.