Mike Ratemo @PeopleDailyKe
Failure to adhere to public participation guidelines in public county affairs is breeding graft, it emerged yesterday during the launch of a devolution sensitisation initiative by the Council of Governors.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, who presided over the opening ceremony, urged his colleagues to involve citizens in decision-making, saying it was a legal requirement and would also help guard against wastage of public resources.
Sonko said since he took over the reins at City Hall, he has unearthed several graft dealings thanks to engaging the public in his leadership. “Devolution was meant to take resources to the grassroots.
It is, therefore, imperative for citizens to be custodians of the resources and this can only be through their participation in governance and decision-making,” he said.
“Since the start of my tenure, I can assure you that through public engagement and participation, I have suspended more than five corrupt county officials, the most recent being a clerk who siphoned Sh7 million from garbage collection kitty,” he said. He governor urged the public to be proactive in running of county affairs.
He said several counties have been complaining over disinterest by the members of public to participate in governance. “Members of the public have been crying foul for being left out in decision making,” Sonko said at the opening of the three-day forum in Nairobi yesterday.