Residents and business persons in Kilimani met on Saturday 11th February 2017 at Prestige Plaza mall for a civic education meeting on the Public Participation and Ward Development Framework. The meeting was jointly organized by The Institute of Social Accountability (TISA), Nairobi City County Government (NCCG), Private Sector Development Trust (PSDT), Kilimani Project Foundation (KPF) and hosted by Prestige Plaza. The attendants got insights and explanations into the functions of Development Committees and Forums at both ward and sub-county level. These are important in ensuring that the views of the people are received and understood by the county executive. These cover the planning, budgeting, implementation and oversight stages of county development. Attendants were able to brainstorm on how views and opinions of residents and business people at local levels can be obtained and channeled upwards. Various ideas came out including possibilities of street representatives, sector representatives and court representatives. Residents emphasized on the need for public participation prior to projects and not after projects. They also noted some of the challenges that the ward faces like lack of public toilets, lack of support for informal traders, lack of rubbish collection points, noise from night clubs and construction sites, water shortage and no understanding the process of construction.
November 17, 2017