Vihiga government drafting public participation, devolution and ant graft Bills

The Vihiga County government plans to introduce a number of Bills to the County Assembly aimed at streamlining government operations as well as actualizing the concept of devolution.

The County Executive (CE) in charge of Public Service, Mrs Pamela Kimwele, made the revelation during a special press briefing in her office at Mbale Town on Thursday evening.

According to the CEC, the county government’s cabinet was currently drafting three Bills which include Public Participation Bill, Devolution Units Bill and Anti-Corruption Strategy Bill.

Vihiga County government has been in the news mostly for wrong reasons since implementation of devolution began after the 2013 General Elections, observed Kimwele.

She insisted Governor Wilbur Ottichilo was out to correct the negative image inherited from the previous regime.

Kimwele noted that the Public Participation Bill, which if passed to law, would give the people of Vihiga the express constitutional right to participate in decisions made by the local government.

Without a Public Participation Act, the county government has not only contravened the constitution, but has denied her citizens the express right to participate in administration and management of its resources, regretted Kimwele.

Kimwele explained the aim of the Devolution Units Bill would be to support the Public Participation Bill in ensuring all devolved functions are delivered to all citizens, especially at the grassroots.

The CE added the Anti-Corruption Strategy Bill would enable the local government prudently manage available resources for sound economic growth and development.

Wanton embezzlement and misuse of county public resources was what defined the previous government, thus the urgent need for ant graft laws to enforce transparency and accountability, emphasized Kimwele.

We hope the county assembly would speed up passage of the same into laws, she added.

Kimwele told journalists the county government plans to set aside adequate funds towards construction of Ward Offices.

The offices, she said, would decentralize all the devolved functions, such as agriculture, water and trade, to village levels to enable members of the public access services with ease.

The CE further disclosed the county government was in the process of rationalizing its staff following a report by the Directorate of Personnel Management (DPM), which conducted the staff auditing about two months ago.

She said the rationalization includes, among other issues, the deployment of workers to right job function, capacity building through trainings and sufficient staff motivation.

Source: Kenya New s Agency