Status of Public Participation

Context of Public Participation in Kenya

Public Participation is both a key promise and provision of the constitution of Kenya.

Meaningful citizen participation in governance is a key ingredient for public reforms that were instituted by the constitution of Kenya (COK) 2010. As such, county governments are required to create platforms, spaces and mechanisms that effect this reality.

This assesment was therefore conducted to review the Public Participation and Citizen Engagement spaces, framework Public Participation is both a key promise and provision of the Constitution of Kenya.

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Right to Adequate Water Supply

” … In Garissa County, 51% of residents use improved sources of water, with the rest relying on unimproved sources. Use of improved sources is higher in female headed households at 59% compared with male headed households at 49%.

Dadaab constituency has the highest share of residents using improved sources of water at 92%.That is 9 times Balambala constituency, which has the lowest share of residents using improved sources of water. Dadaab constituency is 41 percentage points above the county average.

Goreale ward has universal access to improved sources of water at 100%.That is 100 percentage points above Sangailu ward, which has the lowest share using improved sources of water. Goreale ward is 49 percentage points above the county average”

The Constitution of Kenya 2010, captures two aspects of water — water and sanitation — as distinct rights. Article 43(b) states that, ‘[e]very person has the right to accessible and adequate housing, and reasonable standards of sanitations.

A detailed look into the constitutional provisions revels a number of elements: clean water, safe water, water in adequate quantities, and reasonable access to water-regard to marginalised communities — reasonable standards of sanitations’.

In the context of Garissa the right to adequate supply of water means improved sources of water comprise protected spring, protected well, borehole, piped into dwelling, piped and rain water collection while unimproved sources include pond, dam, lake, stream/river, unprotected spring, unprotected well, jabia, water vendor and others.

The County of Garrisa is water scarce. Only 23.8 per cent of the population have access to safe drinking water. Access to piped water is limited to the sub-county headquarters where approximately 27,725 households have connection.

The rest of the population uses unsafe water direct from the river, Laghas, boreholes, shallow wells and pans. The average distance to the nearest water point is 25Km. This implies that a large section of the county’s population cannot access safe water for domestic purposes.

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Right to Health

“… At present the County is progressively rehabilitating all existing hospitals and healthcare centres in the County. It has established a well-functioning health centre in each rural settlement or in cluster of neighbouring rural settlements. This is in addition to providing mobile health services in mobile rural population dispersed over a large area with poor infrastructure.

In addition, the County has been able to provide air ambulance services, Subsidize health services for poor and vulnerable groups, ensure the provision of free, quality Primary Health Care services and ensure free medication (with essential drugs) for pregnant women during pregnancy, labour and delivery”

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Right to Education

“…Although there was a general increase in education facilities and enrolment in the County since coming to power of the County government. At the time of the study, a sizable number of primary and secondary schools had been closed down, others operated at a limited capacity while others were consolidated.

There was a general shortage of teacher in public schools as a result of teachers strike in the County. This was attributed to insecurity despite private schools operating”

According to a study by Haki na Sheira, the right to a universal free and compulsory education will remain a challenge for Garissa County. The County’s ambition is to bring education levels both in primary and in secondary to near national average.

The County Government of Garissa is cognisant of both the right to education and the challenges it faces in guaranteeing Universal Free compulsory education. For a while now through the Constituency Development Funds built infrastructure for different schools.

The County government has also worked towards increasing Early Childhood Development (ECD) schools. The government has also increased vocational institutions, technical institutions, and putting in place policies that promote job creation for the youth polytechnics.

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