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Making County Plans Citizen Friendly- A critiques of Nairobi County Annual Development Plan 2020/2021 

The Constitution of Kenya 2010, Article 10 recognizes participation as a national value and principle of governance. The constitution heralded a new system of governance which devolved functions to the county governments. Chapter 11 is on the devolved system of governance under Article 174 (c) on the objects of devolution; gives powers of self-governance… and enhance the participation of the people in decision making.

The principle of county planning and development under the County Government Act No. 17 of 2012 section 102 (i) stipulates that a county shall; serve as a basis for engagement between county government and the citizenry, other stakeholders and interest groups. Further, Article 106 sub-section 4 states that county planning shall provide for citizen participation. Article 108 mandates the county government to develop 5 year plan known as County Integrated Development Plan from which Annual development Plans are drawn. Further, Public Finance Management Act, 2012, Article 207 provides for public participation and sub-article 2 (a) and (c) mandates counties to provide structures for participation; and receipt, processing and consideration of petitions, and complaints lodged by members of the community.

Nairobi City County government like other county governments in Kenya is implementing a 5 year CIDP for 2018-2022. In August 2019, the county finalised Annual Development Plan for the financial year 2020-2021.

Since 2018, Youth Alive Kenya (YAK) in partnership with Oxfam in Kenya , Tax Justice Program-Gender Responsive budgeting has been working with Women Small Scale Traders (WSSTs) and Women Domestic Workers (WDWs) in Kawangware and Korogocho in Nairobi County. The partnership has supported the women to engage in county government planning and budget making processes through oral presentations and memorandums in the 5 target sectors.

Analysis by YAK and the target women has noted gaps in the current ADP Financial Year (FY) 2020-2021 where by proposed priorities have been lumped instead of itemising for ease of citizen monitoring for accountability. For example, see below excerpts from the Nairobi County ADP FY 2020-2021;

NAIROBI COUNTY ADP FY 2020/2021

  • TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE BUGDET KES. 6,123,000,000
  • Repairs and maintenance of 300km of road Kes.500,000,000

ROADS

  • Rehabilitation of 10 kms of road Kes.1,500,000,000
  • Construction of new roads 50 kms Kes.2,200,000,000
  • Construction of new storm water drains Kes.150,000,000

PUBLIC WORKS

  • Completion of 5 motorable bridges Kes 160,000,000
  • Construction of 4 footbridges of 80 meters Kes.52,000,000
  • Construction of 5 culverts of 37.5 meters Kes 100,000,000
  • Installation of 3000 streetlights Kes.450,000,000
  • Maintenance of 58,358 streetlights Kes.800,000,000
Source: Nairobi City County Annual Development Plan 2020-2021; pages 65,66 & 67

NAIROBI COUNTY ADP 2020/2021
TRADE COMMERCE SECTOR BUDGET KES.1,598,765,000

  • Disbursement of loans to traders through 4 vettings Kes.5,000,000
  • Maintenance of 43 markets Kes.5.9 Million
  • Establishing of 17 sub-county Trade Licensing offices Kes.10 million
  • Establish Cottage industry ‘ Juakali parks’ Kes133,000,000
  • Rehabilitation/reconstruction of 5 markets Kes,100 million
  • Construction of 2 new markets Kes. 100 Million
  • Construction of modern Kiosks in 10 wards Kes. 10 million
Source: Nairobi City County Annual Development Plan 2020-2021; pages120 &
121

NAIROBI COUNTY ADP 2020/2021
EDUCATION SECTOR BUDGET KES.1,725,100,000

  1.  ECDE Children Feeding program for 30,000 children-Kes100 Million
  2.  Provide teaching materials to 50 ECDE schools-Kes. 15 Million
  3.  Improve ECDE Facilities 12 new & 10 existing –Kes. 90 Million
Source: Nairobi City County Annual Development Plan 2020-2021; page-175

ENVIRONMENT & WATER SECTOR BUDGET KES.2,087,000,000
Drilling of 7 boreholes

  • Construction of 2 ablution blocks
  • 4 water extension
  • 1 sewer
  • 700 tanks
  • Water harvesting

Kes.1, 005,725,000

Source: Nairobi City County Annual Development Plan 2020-2021; pages 60 & 61

 

 

In light of the above, it is extremely difficult to identify location, quantities/ lengths of projects and itemised budgets for purposes of holding the leadership and county officials accountable by the citizens/ beneficiaries. As a result, the WSSTs and WDWs from Kawangware and Korogocho have developed alternative community plans to reflect their priorities and needs for service delivery by Nairobi County Government. Disclaimer:

Disclaimer: The views and opinion expressed on this article do not represent the position of Youth Alive!Kenya or Oxfam in Kenya, but reflect the views of women small scale traders and domestic workers from Kawangware and Korogocho

 

 

By: Samwel Oyomo