In Summary
  • The forum will focus on public participation
  • Three day conference will include exhibitions and a visit to county and national government flagship projects in Meru
  • TSC chairperson said there is need for all government institutions to actively engage Kenyans and avoid "pushing programmes down their throat"

The seventh annual congress of constitutional commissions and independent offices aimed at addressing public participation issues has started in Meru.

The conference, themed Public participation: Pathway to sustainable development, is meant to review how public participation has been done since the Constitution came into effect in 2010.

Addressing journalists in Meru town, Teachers Service Commission Chairperson (TSC) Lydia Nzomo, who is also the forum's chair, said the conference seeks to look into better ways of engaging the public in government programmes and legislation.

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“Many times those who mobilise for public participation, use approaches which may not give the desired impact just for the purpose of ticking the box to show it happened. Kenyans need to know they have a constitutional right to participate in governance and other administrative issues,” said Dr Nzomo.

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