The Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui has expressed his desire to see the county government and civil society work together in improving livelihoods of Nakuru residents.
The governor therefore called for collaboration and increased participation of civil society groups in representing the aspirations of the residents.
Kinyanjui made the remarks during a meeting organised by the Nakuru Civil Society Organisations (CSO) Forum at a Nakuru hotel on Friday.
He further said that the County will draw up a public participation policy that will ensure views made by residents from the grass root levels are incorporated and addressed
We have groups in the community who can be representatives for women, youth, retired professionals and people living with disabilities. Public participation should not be a public relations exercise, he cautioned.
He said the County Government will come up with a one-stop office for collaboration between the County and civil societies in Nakuru.
The Governor asserted 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.
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.
The meeting was also attended by Nakuru County Deputy Governor, Dr. Erick Korir, CECs, Mwania Mwangangi, Raymond Komen, Dr. Peter Ketyenya, Dr. Immaculate Njuthe, Joseph Kiuna, Chief of Staff Mr. Njoroge Gichuhi, Director of Political Affairs, Ms. Beatrice Nyawira and Director Liaison, Grishon Nono.
Members from different Nakuru based civil society organisations were also present.
Source: Kenya News Agency