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JUKUMU LANGU

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The Council of Governors in partnership with the Ministry of Devolution and ASALS and USAID AHADI on Wednesday 24th April 2019 launched a Civic education handbook dubbed “Jukumu Langu”

The event that was presided over by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa and Kajiado County’s Deputy Governor H.E. Martin Moshisho was well attended by Public Participation officers from the counties and the ministry as well as development partners and civil society organizations.

The public has ravenously embraced the phenomenon of public participation since the adoption of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and introduction of devolved governments. However, there is overwhelming evidence that the level of public engagement in governance as envisioned in the Constitution remains a fantasy. Most citizens are either not sensitized to their constitutional rights or have a skewed interpretation of their roles.

The Kenyan devolution dream was meant to engineer citizens’ participation in public affairs in addition to facilitating the appreciation of Kenya’s diversity. Research shows that, while standard of civic education and public participation in Kenya has improved by more and more Counties setting up structures and institutions for civic education and public participation, a lot still needs to be done. Implementation is still lagging behind.

Since the promulgation of Devolution a plethora of publications on public participation have been published. While the previously published materials for Civic Education are too voluminous to read by ordinary citizens, Jukumu Langu is less bulky and pocket friendly; an easy read for both individual and group use. It will ensure that, citizens, who are the rights holders in matters affecting them are adequately equipped to utilize the opportunities for public participation as envisaged in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. This manual will improve on citizens’ capacity to play their oversight role and make contributions in planning, budgeting, legislation, procurement, oversight and effective service delivery. Furthermore, Jukumu Langu has been published in simple English & rendered in language and forms that are accessible and easily comprehendible by mwananchi from all walks of life.

The first phase of the in-county roll out of the Jukumu Langu civic education booklet to the counties begins on 13th May in Bomet, Garissa, Isiolo, Kakamega, Kiambu, Kisii, Lamu, Machakos, Mandera, Marsabit, Meru, Mombasa, Muranga, Nairobi, Nandi, Nyamira, Siaya, Tharaka Nithi, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Vihiga and Wajir.

Braille and Kiswahili versions of the publications are set for publication in June 2019.

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