After a week long public participation exercise capturing the input of citizens in drafting the 2018 – 2022 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP), experts in the different sectors have retreated to compile the draft blueprint.
The exercise which was conducted across the 25 wards in the county is in line with the requirement of the constitution to engage the public in setting up their own development agenda according to their specific priorities.
County Executive Committee (CEC) members led teams of experts in the different sectors among them Agriculture, Trade, Commerce & Industry, Finance & Economic Planning, Public Service Management, Transport & Infrastructure in the week long exercise.
Divergent views were gathered and the compilation process will ensure they are factored for implementation in the five year period after the draft is adopted by the county assembly.
The CIDP draft, alongside the county fiscal strategy paper 2018 are anticipated to be tabled in the County Assembly for adoption by February 28, deadline.
While addressing the committee of experts and consultants compiling the information gathered in the exercise, Finance and Economic Planning Chief Executive Boniface Wanyonyi pledged his commitment to ensure the draft is ready in time.
“We have to work extra hard in consolidating all the information gathered from the public for the blueprint that will guide implementation of our development agenda in the next five years,” said Mr. Wanyonyi.
He at the same time asked the committees in the different sectors to ensure that projects that are of more priority as per the needs of the residents be factored for implementation in the coming financial year.
His sentiments were echoed by the department’s Chief Officer Fred Simiyu who emphasized the need to prepare a good document under which the county government will anchor its course in implementing development activities.
Among key projects that residents wanted complete within the five year period are the County Teaching and Referral Hospital and the Modern Bus Park and Business Center in Kitale town.
The multi million facilities are expected to improve provision of medical services by a wide scale and decongesting Kitale, a rapid growing agricultural town that has also been an attraction for several other industries.
The governor Patrick Khaemba – led administration will hence embark on implementing the blueprint on adoption by the county assembly.