Governors on the spot for ignoring public participation in budget making

What you need to know:

  • The International Budget Partnership (IBP) says majority of the county bosses are reluctant to involve the public in the process of determining county budgeting priorities, often resulting in ineffective planning for the devolved funds.
  • A report by the budget monitoring agency accuses the county bosses of lacking interest in involving locals in the process and that the county budget forums have ended up becoming a rubber stamp, only reflecting what the county administration wants.
  • The survey conducted in September 2015 in the counties of Kericho, Kisumu, Kwale, and Taita Taveta, which were found to have active CBEF, showed that some representatives and the public had little knowledge on the budget thus affecting their level of contribution.

Governors and their deputies have been put on the spot for ignoring public participation in budget making process.

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