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In Kenya, public participation is one of the fundamental pillars of democracy. The Constitution of Kenya, 2010, makes it a cornerstone of Kenya’s system of governance, a right of citizens, and an integral national value under Article 10 of the Constitution. Article 174(c) of the Constitution states that the object of devolution is to “enhance the participation of people in the exercise of the powers of the State and in making decisions affecting them.” The Council of Governors (CoG) as the established under Section 19 of the Inter-governmental Relations Act, 2012 has the statutory mandate to facilitate capacity building for the 47 counties and has a lead role to play in initiating preventive or corrective action as the counties execute their functions to give effect to the Part 2 of the Forth Schedule to the constitution.
It is against this background that CoG held a three day workshop with the directorates of public participation and communication in Nyamira County whose objective was first to Sensitize the County on the draft policy on public participation and the model law on public participation and then help them improve their policy and draft Bill in order to enable them to introduce both to the legislative process in line with the Draft Kenya Public Participation Policy, 2018.
The two teams from the Council of Governors and the County reviewed the draft policy and came up with recommendations that would be incorporated in the policy. The Council also shared a schedule of events with the County Government to ensure that the policy and the draft Bill are passed by both the Executive and Assembly within this quarter. This will give room for proper citizen engagement in all development that is carried out in the County.
Finally, County Officers established that in order for the Public Participation Policy to be implemented successfully, and because of the good relationship between the departments of public participation and communication, there is also need for the communication policy to be finalized.

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