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Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 14:24 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala is rooting for the enactment of Development Information Bill (2016) which he says will play a huge role in eradicating corruption in the county government. Mr Kiala, who addressed residents of Nzambani location in Matungulu constituency in his on-going civic education programme dubbed ‘Ugatuzi na Kiala’ (Devolution with Kiala) said the proposed Bill, if successful, would ensure transparency and accountability in the management of public finances at the county level.
"Our aim is to align the proposed law with the provisions of the constitution of Kenya (2010) which promotes public participation at all levels of governance,” he said, explaining that the proposed law would enable citizens to contribute to the development of their region.
The deputy governor said development would only be realised if the public is educated on the issues affecting their lives and how to influence the relevant decision makers of such issues. “The Bill also seeks to compel the Executive to provide information regarding procurement procedures, identity of projects, cost of such projects as well as the contractor or supplier working on any projects,” said Mr Kiala.
He claimed that numerous projects that were being implemented by the county government were riddled with corruption and looting of public funds merely because the public did not have critical information about them. “It is sad to note that majority of county development projects were initiated without consulting the public about areas of priority which has led to wastage of resources,” he said.
He said the proposed law would help Machakos residents challenge the necessity and legitimacy of specific government policies and actions. “The proposed law will inform community members of government policies and their contributions to ensure all projects are above board,” he said.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.