There is a lot of talk and news reports around the Auditor General Reports about the Counties for the Financial Year 2017 / 2018. But all this focuses just on a few points that politicians have brought up. As media, we should not get carried away by the political discussions. Let us set the agenda … Continue reading “Auditor General Reports: Read the Originals!”
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 Why is this not an outdated issue?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”
Court judgements can be long text, even if the case they are about seems to be simple, at first sight. And journalists have little time to read. The deadline is approaching fast. So how to read a judgment efficiently to see what the story is – and where the juice of it is? Here is … Continue reading “How to read Court Judgments efficiently”
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”
Counties have been spending millions of shillings annually to finance employees and Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) to participate in sports activities that are ordinarily supposed to be a private affair. Each participating county spends approximately Sh 20 milliom annually to finance the games for both MCAs and executives. This will translate to Sh … Continue reading “Counties spent Millions to finance Sports Activities, illegally it seems”
Many journalists in Kenya are facing challenges on where to publish their articles after researching and doing follow ups. This is because major media houses are interested in articles that can sell their papers or attract advertisers. In other media houses articles compete for space and unfortunately in most cases politics carry the day. It … Continue reading “The Market for independent Journalists”
How to pick and pursue Stories for Follow-Up-Reporting from your CIDP (County Integrated Development Plan). Now that the first term of devolution is over, don’t forget about the first CIDP and try to find out what has been achieved and what hasn’t been achieved. Our download page will greatly help you with this. Knowing what … Continue reading “How to pick a story from the CIDP”
Updated February 4, 2019: Still, not all of the new County Integrated Development Plans can be found on the counties’ official websites – more than one year after they were due. But the ones we found you can download from this page. It is your one-stop-shop for all downloadable CIDPs that you are looking for. … Continue reading “Download Page: County Integrated Development Plans”
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”
Most of the Audit Reports that the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) has uploaded to its web page in the last few years are not machine-readable for your computer without special software. You don’t care? Read here why it matters. And, because it matters, we have made the reports computer-readable and uploaded more than … Continue reading “We made the Auditor General Reports computer-readable”
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”
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?”
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”
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”
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