There is always time for up-to-date reporting on the “old” Auditor General Reports. These reports scrutinize the budget income and expenditure for the financial years of 2013/2014 to 2016/17 . Why is this not an outdated issue? Precisely BECAUSE the reports have been submitted a long time ago. All deadlines are now over for everyone … Continue reading “Stories from older Auditor General Reports”
The Budget Implementation report by the Controller of Budget (CoB) for the financial year 2017/2018 reveals massive differences and massive under-expenditure in sitting allowances for Members of County Assemblies. Both raise serious questions on what informs the inclusion of the huge amounts in the budgets and where the differences stem from. The media can follow … Continue reading “Analysed: The huge Gaps in MCA Sitting Allowances”
For your convenience, this page is your one-stop-shop for all downloadable CIDPs that you are looking for. Two years ago we made available on RoGGKenya page 45 of the 47 County Integrated Development Plans for the first five-year period after devolution kick-off in 2013. See first column of the table below The CIDPs of Kericho … Continue reading “Download Page: County Integrated Development Plans”
Five years after the launch of AGPO, an assessment by media is worthwhile: whether the initiative reached the intended goals of allowing marginalized groups preferred access to government contracting opportunities. On July 29th 2012, former President Mwai Kibaki launched the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) initiative after the realization that in addressing the issue … Continue reading “Is Public Procurement really favouring the Disadvanged?”
People like to hear and read about conflict. It’s always about one person against another: husband against wife, president against opposition leader, tenant against landlord, revenue authority versus taxpayer, neighbour against neighbour, employee versus employer, gang A against gang B, police against suspect, etc. There are a myriad causes and characteristics of conflict, and many … Continue reading “Why Court Sessions make News”
The county assembly decides on the budget though it is prepared by the executive. One principle according to the law: 30 percent of the county budget has to be spent for development. That means no more than 70 percent may be spent for recurrent expenditures like wages. Many counties have not met this goal.
Following the court ruling on 20th February 2015 the High Court declared the CDF Act 2013 unconstitutional hence invalid. The court stated in No. 139 of its ruling: “First, the Act establishes CDF as a mechanism that runs parallel the constitutionally recognised governance structures. By charging it with local projects under section 22 of the … Continue reading “How the law changed CDF to NG-CDF”
Primary Sources for Checking the CIDP follow-up Do not just believe the responsible person if he or she tells you that the plans are on track. Ask them to provide you with the first hand information. First hand – that is a written information and eyesight. You are the press. Go after facts, not opinion. … Continue reading “Sources for following up the CIDP”
How to pick and pursue Stories for Follow-Up-Reporting from your CIDP (County Integrated Development Plan) Knowing what chapters are in the CIDP will greatly simplify this task. With the help of this page browse through the plan and get inspired. With so many possible stories – why not follow your own interests? If you are … Continue reading “How to pick a story from the CIDP”
In times of emergencies, the Constitution and relevant laws, specifically the Public Finance Management Act allow for money to be budgeted and spent for these emergencies so as to alleviate human suffering. The Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) states in Section 112 what the County Emergency Fund (CEF) can and cannot be used for:
Tendering Rules for Special Groups Procurement for special groups including youth, women and persons with disabilities. The Public Procurement and Disposal (Preference and Reservations) Regulations 2011 (ext. link) provide a framework that guides this. These regulations cover groups or regions that have been disadvantaged over time and cannot be able to compete favorably with more established … Continue reading “Tenders for special Groups”
When reporting on the County Budgets look out for the following: What are the priorities of the County as set out in the CIDP and Sectoral plans? Find out if the public was involved in the preparation of the CIDP and sectoral plans. Be keen on the Budget circle to know when to interrogate the … Continue reading “Hints for Reporting on Budget Issues”
Some relevant fields in good governance with the ruless and procedures every journalist should know about when entering these fields. More are being added over time.
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