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Only 54 percent of Nakuru residents have felt benfits of devolution

26 March 2015, 21:57

Nakuru - 54 percent of the residents in Nakuru County are yet to record benefits of devolution two years since the County leadership came into power.

Findings by the Development Initiatives, an independent organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, indicate that only 46 percent of the locals have experienced positive changes with the coming of devolution.

“The main hindrance to the delivery of effective services is the abuse of power among the office holders according to the interviewed respondents in four of the eleven sub-counties,” said Steve Kenei, DI’s technical analyst.

However, the respondents reported tremendous changes in the health sector with 79 percent of them saying there is a greater access to the healthy facilities unlike before.

But of more concern is the discovery of a majority living in the dark over the process of allocating funds to the sector.

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Despite the sector being crucial in the development of the County, 63 percent of the persons responding to questions on the impact of devolution to health sector in the County said they were totally unaware of how the health budget was formulated.

Under the Constitution, public participation in the formulation of budget is key to the allocations to be priority-driven.

But even if they attended the barazas, the respondents claimed they could engage well due to limited information and time constraints.

The study was carried out in July last year in Rongai, Molo, Kuresoi and Nakuru town and findings released in Nakuru town on Friday last week.

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