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Ruaraka: Members of Community Action Group write a memorandum to the Clerk of the Nairobi County Assembly to express their displeasure with the 2018/19 budget


Ruaraka Sub-County is among the seventeen sub-Counties of Nairobi County. The Sub-County has five   wards namely Utalii, Mathare North, Baba Dogo Luckysummer and Korogocho. The Sub-County has a population of 192,620 as per the population statistics of 2009 as shown in this table per ward and it is cosmopolitan.

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Ruaraka sub-County is represented by Tom Kajwang in the National Assembly. The sub-County is home of over 100 companies two financial institutions, one private University ( KCA)  two colleges; Utalii College and Kenya Power.  The sub-County has one of the biggest informal settlements in Kenya-Korogocho.

On 4/6/2018, Sauti Yetu, held a deliberative meeting with members of the community action group in the sub-county

Objectives

  1. To familiarize themselves with the proposed 2018/2019 Nairobi County budget proposals as they link them to the County Integrated Development Plan;
  2. To generate a memorandum on the proposed budget;
  3. To chart a way forward on collective action.

Participants were taken through the Nairobi County 2018/2019 budget proposal in comparison with the county integrated development plan. After going through the budget,   participants were amazed to learn that the proposed budget had no connection with the county integrated development plan as their views were not taken into consideration or any of the proposed development activities factored into the proposed budget.

Members of the community action for instance noted that during the public participation on the Nairobi integrated development plan (CIDP) of 2018-2022 almost all the wards suggested provision of an ambulance but this was never factored in the 2018/19 budget. Members of the community action group from Mathare North ward had suggested the construction of a one story block at the Mathare North Health Centre but this was never budgeted for in the proposed budget.

After going through the proposed budget against the 2018-2022 Nairobi County Integrated Development Plan, participants unanimously agreed to write a memorandum to the Clerk of the Nairobi County Assembly to express their displeasure on the proposed budget. Participants were able to generate some of the issues which they felt are of concern which include; the budget estimates has little focus on projects which are citizens oriented.

Key details of the memoranda included:

  • Lack of funds set aside as loans for people with disabilities, youth and women economic empowerment;
  • The 30 million shillings set aside for loans is too little for the entire county as this translates to Ksh. 325, 000 per ward; Again accessibility of this fund is not clear;

The members agreed to collect some signatures from community members of goodwill as a backup of the memorandum and they presented the memorandum to the clerk of the County Assembly.

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Luckysummer Ward: Community Action Group meets to reflect on key service needs in the ward

Lucky summer ward is among the wards of Ruaraka Sub-County, Nairobi County. This ward is neighbour to Baba Dogo and Korogocho. The member of the county assembly (MCA) for this ward is honourable Fredrick Omondi a first time MCA. The ward has neither public primary school nor secondary school. This Nairobi County had proposed to construct a model Early Childhood Development Class in this ward between 2013-2017 periods something that is still a dream.

On the 29th May 2018, Sauti Yetu organized a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) involving community groups trained on the Sauti Yetu toolkit and some community leaders who had initially volunteered to be community action group members. The Focus Group Discussion took place at Bega Kwa Bega Hall in Lucky summer ward.

Objectives

  1. To reconstitute and re-induct community action group members in Luckysummer ward who will follow-up on key issues of concern in the ward;
  2. To prioritize Key developmental issues that emerged from the previous joint community forum which are affecting the community in the Ward and initiate a follow up process mechanisms for resolution.

Participants were taken through the concept of community action (CAG) which then paved way for deliberations on key service delivery needs and priorities in the ward and how the members of the community action group will influence their resolution.

Below are some the key priority issues highlighted by the members of the community action group that needed to be addressed by the duty bearers and the key members of the community action group following the issues.

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Baba Dogo Ward: Members of the Community Action Group meet to deliberate on the key emerging issues in the ward

On the 28th May, 2018 Sauti Yetu organized a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) involving groups trained on the Sauti Yetu toolkit and some community leaders who had initially volunteered to be community action group members with an aim of reconstituting a community action group (CAG) in Baba Dogo ward Ruaraka Sub County Nairobi. The FGD was held at Shalom Church Hall.

Objectives of the Focused Group Discussion:

  1. To reconstitute and re-induct community action group members in Baba Dogo ward who will follow-up on key issues of concern in the ward and,
  2. To prioritize Key developmental issues that emerged from the previous joint community forum which are affecting the community in the Ward and initiate a follow up process mechanisms for resolution.

The focus Group Discussion was interactive with participants getting to reflect on their and those of the immediate duty bearers in the ward.

Participants were taken through the concept of community action group.

Participants also used the platform to deliberate on the current situation of the ward in reference to a report of a joint community forum held in the month of November 2017 and the prioritized projects in the 2018-2022 Nairobi county integrated development plan (CIDP). They highlighted key priority issues that needed to be addressed by the duty bearers and allocated themselves the issues they are to follow up.

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The members of the community action group resolved to meet the Ruaraka sub-county administrator on Wednesday the 30/5/2012 for introduction.  The team will also be meeting on a monthly basis to review the progress and status of each service delivery issues that have been identified.

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Kivumbini Ward, Nakuru: Residents join hands to demand accountability from duty bearers

On 25th November, 2017 Sauti Yetu together with identified community based organisations from Kivumbini ward; Nakuru East Sub-County organised a Joint Community Forum in Kivumbini Ward.
The community groups that spearheaded the joint community forum had initially undergone a Toolkit Training and mentorship by Sauti Yetu that equipped them with the necessary skills required to organise community forums dialogue forums. The organisations involved included: Nakuru East Tenants Association (NATENA), Bright Life CBO and Great Heights initiative.  

The forum brought together residents of Kivumbini Ward, business community, community leaders, the police, community groups, religious groups, individuals and a representative of the MCA. The Ward Administrator, who had been invited, sent an apology. The event was attended by 105 participants.

Key issues emanated from the Kivumbini community dialogue forum included:

Security

  • The police were accused of soliciting for bribes during swoops and arbitrary arrests
  • Mugging and robbery with violence around Mumias road

Health

  • A proposed health center had not yet been constructed despite allocation in the current 2017/18 Financial Year budget

Infrastructure

  • Sewer line need to be upgraded to accommodate the growing population

Education

  • Need for a comprehensive policy on Early Childhood Development (ECD)
  • Lack of ECD teachers in the area

Twelve (12) members of the community volunteered to form the initial Community Action Group to follow through on the issues of education, health and infrastructure with office of the ward administrator and that of the Member of the County Assembly for resolution.

Responding to issues of insecurity raised by the residents during the joint community forum, Ms Vera from the Bondeni Police Station blamed the members of the community for concealing vital information about criminals in the area that the police needed to help curb insecurity.


 
Figure 1: Residents of Kivumbini Ward following proceedings during Sauti Yetu Accountability Forum at Kivumbini Social Hall, Nakuru East Sub County

 

Figure 2: Community Moderator Ibrahim Ogeto Introducing Session during Accountability Forum

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GARISSA: Persons with special needs call upon offices of the ward administrator and Member of the County Assembly to involve them in decision making process

On 2nd December 2017, Sauti Yetu in collaboration with Haidhafin Physically and Challenged Disabled Group organized a civic education forum with people with special needs from Garissa Township Sub-County at IRDO Bulla Masalani; Waberi ward.

The civic education forum aimed enhancing the knowledge of people with special needs from Garissa Township sub-county about their rights and participation in decision making process. The civic education forum also aimed at highlighting to the participants key areas of opportunities in governance for persons with special needs and how they could tap into these opportunities either as individuals or as organized groups.

The Garissa Civic education forum with persons with special needs was attended by over 72 participants including 37 male and 15 female. Participants were taken through the constitution and the Acts relating to People with Disability.

Participants used the forum outline key areas of concern regarding their welfare and participation in decision making processes in Garissa.

They chairman of Haidhafin Physically and Challenged Disabled Group reported that many persons with special needs in Garissa that their key issues of concern are not taken into consideration by their immediate duty bears particularly the office of the war administrator and that of the Member of the County Assembly. He explained that most of the challenges facing persons with disability have never featured in the county assembly of Garissa. The issue of concern presented by chairman of Haidhafin Physically and Challenged Disabled Group included:

  • Lack of representation in the county assembly
  • Lack of supportive equipment such as walking sticks for the blind, wheel chairs and baby walker for kids for most people with special needs;
  • Lack of friendly spaces for people with disability in many of the government offices in the county making it difficult for persons with disability to interact with these offices;
  • Lack of enough centers of learning for persons with special needs in Garissa County;


The predicaments of persons with specials needs education was summed up by one of the participants: “I have tried to visit the offices of those who can help me buy the walking shoe because I was born with one leg but they normally ignore me and they always leave me there stranded…so had to take a loan from our Chama to buy this shoe am wearing which is very expensive.”

Participants called upon immediate duty bearers particularly the office of the ward administrator and that of the Member of the County Assembly to involve the in public participation processes and prioritizes their issues of concern in planning processes.

Figure 1: Morris of St, Johns addressing the community on issues concerning their safety during the sauti Yetu civic education forum in Waberi ward with persons with disability.


 
Figure 2: Community participating in civic education forum for people with disability.

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