Why Court Sessions make News

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 end up in court. Just look at the cause lists on kenyalaw.org (ext. link). A conflict will always be present in a court case – even if the proceedings remain orderly and quiet and do not entail shouting, an attack by the convicted against the magistrate like in a 2016 Nakuru case (ext. link),or even a suicide in the courtroom like the one of a Bosnian war criminal suspect at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague in November 2017 (ext. link).

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How the law changed CDF to NG-CDF

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 CDF Act threatens to upset the division of functions between the national and county levels of governments and interfere with the county government autonomy. … “ Continue reading “How the law changed CDF to NG-CDF”

How to pick a story from 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 interested in schools – pick the Early Childhood Education issue where your county is in charge. Are you the sports reporter? Go to that section of the CIDP. Continue reading “How to pick a story from the CIDP”

Stories from older Auditor General Reports

Even as this website goes online, in September 2016, there is still time for up-to-date reporting on the “old” Auditor General Reports on your county. These reports scrutinize the budget income and expenditure for the 2013/2014 financial year.

Why is this not an outdated issue?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 that WAS expected to act in response. Continue reading “Stories from older Auditor General Reports”

Tenders for special Groups

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 firms and hence must be given preference. Continue reading “Tenders for special Groups”

Hints for Reporting on Budget Issues

When reporting on the County Budgets look out for the following:

  1. 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.
  2. Be keen on the Budget circle to know when to interrogate the various documents as soon as they are released. All budget documents are public.
  3. Be keen on the County Fiscal Strategy Paper (It sets out the ceilings of the various sectors and gives the priorities of the County).
  4. Look out for the CBROP (it is a scorecard of the previous financial year). Put the government to task on whether the projections and targets of the previous financial year were met.
  5. Follow up on the quarterly implementation reports of the various sectors. The reports paint a picture on whether the budget is being implemented as approved.
  6. Check out the adjustments the County Assembly makes both on the CFSP and the proposed budget and whether public input is put into consideration.
  7. Be keen whenever Supplementary Budgets are forwarded to the Assembly. They are avenues for diverting money to none core areas.
  8. Always look out for implementation reports released by the Controller of budget. They show how revenue is being collected and the absorption of funds by various sectors. They are hard to get. Keep demanding them and share them with your peers to team up for follow-up reports.
  9. Follow up and interrogate the Auditor General reports once they are tabled in the County Assembly. Highlight all areas that have audit queries and ensure you interrogate leaders of Institutions that have been mentioned.

Find Stories

RoGGKenya.org provides exclusive stories you can track down. All you need is just a bit of reading and first-hand research.

We will add story suggestions here as time goes by.

Not every story must cover a case of corruption.

If you find out what is working properly – fine! In the wake of constructive journalism this is also a good outcome. “News is what is different”. So good governance, is good news in a country where everybody, including the Kenyan President, expects to uncover corruption deals everywhere.