In these days our county Government is touring around to present and discuss their future budget numbers, ideas and priorities for the 2015/16 – 2017/18 Kwale County MTEF Budget. But the information for the public participation came late and important information documents were not released upfront.
The 2012 Public Finance Management Act requires each of Kenya’s 47 counties to publish budget information during the formulation, approval, implementation, and audit stages of the budget cycle. This information allows the public to shape county budget priorities, discuss trade-offs with their representatives in the county assemblies, and track whether the budget is delivering on what was agreed during consultations between the public, executive, and assembly. But is the requisite county budget information being published ?
We have checked the availability of seven documents on the official Kwale County Website and have seen that only 2 out of seven are available:
- County Integrated Development Plans
- Annual Development Plans
- County Budget Review and Outlook Papers
- County Fiscal Strategy Papers ( published on the 2nd of april 2015 – far too late )
- Budget Estimates (Proposed Budgets)
- Approved Estimates (Enacted Budgets)
- Quarterly Implementation Reports
County governments must release documents on their budgets to the public at least two weeks before they are formally discussed by a select group of area leaders, the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) has said. In new guidelines on consultation during preparation of county government budgets, the CRA said the public must also be given a notice of at least two weeks before convening the meeting to debate the spending proposals.The time lines are intended to ensure that the public is not caught flatfooted as has been the case in the past when many county governments issue a notice only a day to the meeting. Access to timely and comprehensive information is crucial if the wider public in Kenya are to meaningfully participate in government decision making.
This was the offical message published on the 2nd of april 2015 ONLY 5 days before the first public meetings have started:
Chapter twelve section 201(a)of the Constitution,2010 read together with section125(2) of the Public Finance Management Act,2012 emphasize public participation in county budget making process .Pursuant to these provisions, the County Government of Kwale hereby invites the public, interested persons or groups and other stakeholders to public hearings in preparation of the 2015/16-2017/18 Kwale County MTEF Budget.
The participation shall be through oral presentations during the scheduled forums to be held in the 20 wards within the county .Written submissions can also be made to the County Treasury, Kwale County Government, P.O. BOX 4-80403 or vide any of our email addresses- county firstname.lastname@example.org or chief officer email@example.com.
The draft 2015/16-2017/18 Kwale County MTEF Budget Estimates can be viewed from our website www.kwalecountygov.com or at our county ward offices . The schedule for the meetings is indicated below.
|LUNGALUNGA SUB -COUNTY|
|Tuesday- 07/04/2015||10.00 a.m.||Vanga||ADC Church-Lungalunga|
|Tuesday-07/04/2015||2.00 p.m.||Mwereni||Sub county Offices-Lungalunga|
|Wednesday-08/04/2015||10.00 a.m||Pongwe-Kikoneni||Ward Offices-Shimoni|
|Wednesday-08/04/2015||2.00 p.m.||Dzombo||Menzamwenye Social Hall|
|MSAMBWENI SUB- COUNTY|
|Tuesday- 07/04/2015||10.00 a.m.||Ramisi||Jomo Kenyatta Primary School|
|Tuesday-07/04/2015||2.00 p.m||Kinondo||Mwabungo Social Hall|
|Wednesday-08/04/2015||10.00 a.m.||Ukunda||Red Cross Hall -Mvindeni-Ukunda|
|Wednesday-08/04/2015||2.00 p.m.||Gombato-Bongwe||Show Ground -Ukunda|
|MATUGA SUB- COUNTY|
|Tuesday-07/04/2015||10.00 a.m||Waa- Ng’ombeni||Ng’ombeni Chief’s office Hall|
|Tuesday-07/04/2015||2.00 p.m||Tiwi||Tiwi Chief’s office|
|Wednesday 08/04/2015||2.00 p.m||Tsimba-Golini||Kwale Cultural Centre|
|Thursday -09/04/2015||10.00 a.m||Kubo South||Lukore|
|KINANGO SUB -COUNTY|
|Tuesday-07/04/2015||10.00 a.m||Ndavaya||Ndavaya Ward Offices|
|Tuesday-07/04/2015||2.00 p.m||Kinango||Kinango Youth Empowerment Centre|
|Wednesday-08/04/2015||10.00 a.m.||Mwavumbo||Kalalani Social hall|
|Wednesday-08/04/2015||2.00 p.m||Kasemeni||Bofu Social Hall|
|Thursday- 09/04/2015||10.00 a.m||Puma||Vigurungani Church|
|Friday-10/04/2015||10.00 a.m||Mackinon Road||Taru|
|Friday-10/04/2015||2.00 p.m.||Samburu-Chengoni||Dzilaz Hotel|
Important to say that the meetings could not be attended from Kwale people, who have a regular job !!!!!!