The County Government of Uasin Gishu conducted a successful public participation exercise on the Proposed Finance Bill 2018/2019 by engaging members drawn from all the 30 wards across the County.
Members of the public scrutinized the document carefully and thereafter raised their concerns on a number of issues. The administration is seeking to increase their revenue collection which will in turn aid in the financing of development projects.
Top county officials led by the County Executive Committee Members, Chief Officers and Directors from all the departments led the exercise, which is envisioned in the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
According to Chief Officer Finance Peter Chesos, the County officials will collect all the views presented by the public and thereafter compile them into one document and forward it to County Assembly who shall, in turn, get back to the public again before adopting and passing the Bill.
According to the members of the public, some things included in the bill were not satisfactory. For example, a member of the public felt that some things such as pet fee are petty and should not attract much fee.
“We request the County Government to kindly consider much of the things that affect the local mwanachi,” said a participant in Uswo Karona/Meibeki Ward.
Members of the public who were largely in agreement with the proposed bill thanked the administration for the services offered to the residents.
The exercise which was carried out in different locations was well attended.