Kakamega residents and stakeholders have presented their views, proposals and concerns on the County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) for the Financial Year (FY) 2020/21.
The Budget and Appropriations committee led by its chairperson, Hon. Willis Opuka, conducted a joint stakeholders’ public participation forum with representatives from all the 60 wards giving views on the CFSP, as it is required by law.
Public participation affords stakeholders the opportunity to influence decisions that affect their lives.
For the Kakamega County, residents gave development needs that should be prioritized in the next budget.
They include maintenance of 10km roads per ward, completion, equipping and hiring of health workers in health facilities, construction of tea, milk processing factories, and a maize mill, establishing and equipping of more Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) and vocational training centres, and implementation of projects and programs that will spur county economy.
CFSP is a document that shows how a county intends to allocate its resources on various programs for the coming financial year.
While giving views, participants from Likuyani sub-county said key development priority areas for them are renovation of county road infrastructure, improving health facilities and revival of stalled installation of transformers for electricity supply in villages while Lugari residents want a maize mill factory put up and the construction of Lumakanda hospital completed amoung other needs.
Stakeholders from Malava sub-county want more (ECDE) and vocational training centres constructed and equipped as well as maintenance of county roads.
In Lurambi sub-county, residents want more resources allocated to protect water springs, establishment of polytechnics, maintenance of county roads, and improvement and setting up proper sewerage system within Kakamega town and its environ.
In Shinyalu, residents want tea factory set up and county road infrastructure improved, upgrade and equipping Shinyalu health centre.
In Ikolomani locals want county government renovate dilapidated markets and complete construction and commissioning of new modern markets, they also want the use of county HELB scheme to strictly sponsor needy students in local universities.
Stakeholders from Navakholo sub-county said their priority areas are equipping health facilities, maintenance of 10 km roads per ward and construction of ECDE centres.
Residents of Butere and Khwisero sub-counties said their key priority areas are renovation of county roads, want adequate and accessible to clean and safe water, equipping health facilities and hiring of health workers.
They called on the county government to initiate sustainable food security program.
From next week on Monday, the committee will interrogate all County Executive Committee (CEC) members alongside chief officers in respective departments on the allocation they have earmarked for different programs.
The committee will then compile a comprehensive report on the outcome of the public participation and interrogations, and present it to the house for deliberation by members who are expected to adopt it, then the report will be forward to the county executive to enable it draw up the Budget Estimates for the coming financial year. By law, the county executive is required to submit to the Assembly the Estimates before 13th April.