Nakuru County Civil Society Organizations Forum has entered into a Memorandum of understanding with the County Government of Nakuru with aim to improve service delivery.
Areas of partnership as per the MoU include civic education, civic engagement, policy formulation and implementation, joint performance management and resource mobilization.
Speaking on Wednesday during the launch of the MoU, Ms Nancy Kubutha from Centre for Transformational Leadership said the MoU will help ensure better service delivery in Nakuru.
According to Ms Kubutha, the launch is a culmination of several activities that began in 2018 when the draft MoU was developed.“This is a culmination of a journey we began in 2018 when a draft MoU was developed” she said.
Similar sentiments echoed by Masese Kemunche from Centre for enhancing Democracy and Good governance-CEDGG.Masese stating that the main aim of the partnership is to ensure the citizens of Nakuru get services.
“Through the MoU we shall see county, CSOs and other partners work together with an objective towards service delivery” said Masese.
During the event, a joint liaison committee that comprises members of the civil society and County government was also commissioned to spearhead the process.
Nakuru Deputy Governor Dr.Erick Korir who graced the event welcomed the partnership citing that it marks the end to the mistrust that has been there between the civil society and the government.
The DG adding that there are major opportunities that come with the partnership with CSOs and that there was need to create more networks.
While lauding the Joseph Omondi led Midrift-Human Rights Network for the project they intent to partner with county government on matters Community Health Volunteers, the DG welcomed the same adding that it will be a plus as the county government is also working on the same in around four sub counties.
The Deputy Governor also called on the joint liaison committee to ensure they play their role diligently and work towards improving service delivery in Nakuru County.Similar sentiments echoed by Nakuru County CECM for Public Service and Devolution Mr.Mwangangi Mwania.
According to the CEC,the signing of the MoU is another journey towards development in Nakuru County and should be supported.
He called on the civil society to work closely with the government towards empowering citizens.
“This is another journey of development. I call on the civil society to work closely with the county government in empowering our citizens through civic education” said the CECM.
The event was also witnessed by the Nakuru County Attorney Caleb Nyamwange, County Secretary Benjamin Njoroge, several civil society groups and members of the Fourth estate among others.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Nakuru Deputy Governor Dr.Erick Korir and the convenors of the Nakuru County Civil Society Forum (NACCSOF) append their signatures in the official MOU between the the two patries.