Capital FM (Nairobi)

4 January 2013

Kenya: Transition Authority to Educate Public On Governance

Nairobi — The Transition Authority has announced plans to roll out an intensive civic education programme next month to ensure Kenyans understand the implications of the new governance structures set to be in place after the elections.

Authority Chairman Kinuthia Wamwangi told Capital FM News that the materials for the exercise were ready and would be distributed throughout the country at the beginning of next month.

He said that interim county transition teams had already set up to help install the Executive and County assemblies as the country prepares to make the momentous leap to devolution.

Wamwangi said the exercise would be conducted alongside voter education to ensure that the message was hammered in.

"There is no better time to tell people what a governor, a senator, a ward representative and others would do because they will be looking for votes," he argued.

"So I don't think we are late we shall do what the Japanese call 'just in time' in quality management."

The authority will also build the capacities of both the National and County governments, once the general elections are held.

Wamwangi explained that the authority would smoothen the relationship between the two governance structures to ensure that there was no duplication of roles.

"The new dispensation is going to create real time challenges so we have established an interagency committee that will create a curriculum based on the principles of the constitution," he explained.

He added that there will be two levels of civic education - one for the general public and the other targeting public officers.

The authority also said that it had reviewed what the government's K-NICE programme had done and achieved since inception.

"The civic education will be like another version of the K-NICE and although the delivery of the message will be different the message will remain the same," he revealed.

Wamwangi further challenged Kenyans to have a change of mindset and to stop being uninformed.

He also reminded them that the country was in transition and the changes they expected would get in place over a period of time.

"You can say that many Kenyans are not aware and I think that they are in denial because we talked about devolution at Bomas, at the Committee of Experts and in the task force on devolution but it has not entered people's minds," he argued.

He revealed that the authority would meet with town clerks and other council officials next week to help them understand what their place and functions will be in the new governance system.

Wamwangi further reminded Parliament of the importance of ensuring that they passed the Supplementary Budget, County Revenue Bill, the Division of Revenue Bill before the expiry of their terms on January 14.

"Those Bills must pass because if they don't we will be writing for ourselves a major constitutional crisis. Our MPs have a national duty and moral obligation to ensure that they are passed and I have a lot of faith in them," concluded Wamwangi.

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