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Photo: Acting CEC Member for Finance Phaustine Barasa and Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong with members of Civil Society organizations during breakfast meeting at Hotel Itoya on Thursday.

Let’s Dialogue, Governor Ojaamong Tells Civil Societies

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has asked members of civil society organizations (CSOs) to embrace dialogue in raising and addressing issues affecting county residents.

 Addressing representatives of CSOs operating in Busia County during breakfast meeting at Hotel Itoya on Thursday, the Governor said, he is open to positive grilling from civil society organizations anytime.

“Come and tell me Ojaamong hapa tunataka iende namna hii (Ojaamong we wish us to go towards this direction). Criticize me positively.  Grill me. Let’s take Busia as our county, let us reason as brothers and sisters, “he said.

The Governor also urged members of the Civil Societies to stop focusing on setbacks experienced in the county. Instead they should also inform the public about the good thing that the county administration has done.

“If the civil society and non-state actors can also start seeing the right things we do we are going to move very far,” he said.

Chairman NGOs Foundation John Kwoba wondered why water is not in the National Government’s Big 4 Agenda and urged the Governor to make water a priority.

 “H.E the Governor contractors have been letting you down while discharging their contractual obligations.  We want you to empower citizens to reverse this trend through social accountability,” he said.

Kwoba lauded the Governor for developing the Ward Development Program booklets, adding that it helped put MCAs under checks and balances.

GAP Kenya Director Hellen Mukanda said CSOs scrutinize County Governments and wondered who will check them. “Let’s be accountable and not making noise and carrying twigs.”

Acting CEC Member for Finance Phaustine Barasa said they are in the process of forming a County Budget Economic Forum, adding that the Budgeting process is people’s   participatory.

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