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Governors urged to involve public in drafting of new laws

30 January 2014, 17:21 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The protests by members of public against County governments in various parts of the country are due to lack of public participation before implementation of the County Bills.

National Tax payers Association (NTA) national coordinator, Martin Apisa on Thursday attributed the protests to infringement of the constitution by the County governors through their failure to consult the public.

“The constitution is clear that any Bill should be forwarded to the members of the public for their input before implementation,” said Apisa.

He reiterated that the constitution has emphasized for citizen participation so that to realize their priorities and ensure resources are used for the right things.

Apisa however expressed concerns that counties are spending more money on wages at the expense of development, leading to increase in recurrent expenditure.

According to international standards of expenditure, Apisa said, government should not spend more than 37 percent on wage bill.

“Most resources are being directed to recurrent expenditure. County governments are employing more staff than expected yet some of them are incompetent,” Apisa noted.

He stated that governors ought to realize thatt the essence of devolution was to bring services closer to the people.

He said there is disconnect between the services offered by the devolved governments and the increased taxes and levies stating that there is no justification for the move.

Speaking in Nyeri town during the launch of a survey on citizens' participation in County integrated development plan, Apisa said it is a wary that tax collection is going down in the most developed Counties like Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa and others, and increasing in the areas perceived to be poor and marginalized.

Martin Apisa

Kenya is doing very well on revenue collection but worse on expenditure due to mega corruption practices by those in authority, observed the coordinator.

The survey is also aimed at establishing how the devolved governments disseminate information to the public.

“We are aware that some of these governments put posters calling for meetings just few hours to the scheduled time. We want to get rid of this,” added Apisa.

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