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Leaders call for public participation to discuss Bills

13 February 2014, 20:15 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Leaders in Vihiga County have called for public participation in the production of Bills before they are presented to the county assembly for further discussion.

Led by governor Moses Akaranga and speaker Daniel Chitwa, the leaders said that they were organising forums where people will be given an opportunity to express their views appropriately.

"Citizen participation will be part and parcel of the Bills that are going to be discussed in the county assembly. We have step up efforts at the county assembly and even want to put a notice board that can help educate the citizens of what will be going on at the assembly," said Chitwa.

Chitwa said that many Bills were going to the county assembly while contravening the constitution whereas they do not involve the views of the residents.

He asked the area governor to make sure that the Bills are well publicised after citizens have put their effort in and then forwarded them to the county assembly for deliberations.

Chitwa spoke at a hotel in Chavakali, during the launch of the 'Vihiga Star' a newspaper that will be used to educate the citizens of the county about the views of the county government.

Akaranga said that he was going to organise for 'Kamukunjis' where members of the county executive will interact with the county assembly as they iron out issues contained in certain Bills before they are tabled at the county assembly.

He said that the county was willing to involve its citizens in many activities that will directly and indirectly affect them, and thus it was prudent for them to be given an opportunity to be part of the group that makes laws that govern them.

"The Bills that were tabled in the county assembly without the consent of the members of the public were those that were drafted quickly to beat the deadline. However, now that we have time on our hands, we have to fully involve the public in whatever that we want to take to the county assembly," he said.

The leaders said that so far, the two arms of government in Vihiga were working cordially and asked other counties to emulate the good working relationship as they put devolution on the track to success.

"We have been working very well in the county and we want other counties to emulate the same. What we want to hear people say is that devolution has finally picked up and that all is well between county executive, county assembly and the residents," Akaranga said.   

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