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

Members of the Ruaraka Community Action Group during deliberations on the 2018/19 Nairobi budget estimates by the community group


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.