Nakuru County Secretary and Head of Public Service, Mr. Benjamin Njoroge hosted a team from NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat and Africa Peer Review Mechanism from the Republic of Namibia at the county government offices to discuss the impact of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism to the sub-national level and implementation of the County Peer Review Mechanism initiative as a tool for promoting good governance to counties.
The team comprised of; Amb. Lineekela Mboti, Chief Executive Officer & Focal Point, APRM Namibia, Mr. Peter Kimemia, Director APRM & Governance Kenya, Dr. Alfons Witbeen Director APRM Secretariat Namibia, Mr. Festus Hangula Researcher APRM Namibia, Mr. Nyambe Sibanga National Planning Office Namibia, Mr. David Yalla Deputy Director APRM Kenya, Ms. Alice Kioko Senior Programme Officer APRM Kenya and Ms. Adho Isacko Communication Officer NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat.
Nakuru County is among the counties that have so far acceded to the County Peer Review Mechanism (CPRM), a county level self-monitoring mechanism that advances good governance with compliance to best practices in regard to four main thematic areas namely; Democracy and Political Governance; Economic Governance and Management; Corporate Governance and Socio-Economic Development.
During the meeting, officials from the Nakuru County’s departments of Agriculture livestock and fisheries, Education, ICT and e-Government services, Road transport and public works, Industrialisation and Natural Resources put forward their achievements among them; the Bondeni affordable housing project which is at 50% completion with 605 units sold, expansion of the 175KM road from Rironi to Mau Summit into a four-lane dual carriageway and re-carpeting of Rironi-Mai Mahiu – Naivasha Road, development of the new County Integrated Development Plan 2022-2027, the accession of the Nakuru County Revenue Authority bill into law, training of at least 2,000 members of community health committees in order to enhance service delivery capacity and vaccination of over 5,000 children against polio, pneumonia and tuberculosis.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer APRM Namibia Amb. Lineekela Mboti noted that County Peer Review Mechanism will improve service delivery and synergy between the two arms of government and enhance inclusivity through public participation.
Consequently, the Director APRM & Governance Mr. Peter Kimemia acknowledged Nakuru County officials for the opportunity to embrace the CPRM initiative. In concurrence, the County Secretary Mr. Njoroge reiterated the county’s support, noting that CPRM has been a tool for sharing information and identifying gaps in the county management that ought to be improved.
In addition, the APRM team from Namibia visited the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat to benchmark and learn about the Secretariat’s organisational Structure, the Legal Framework establishing the specific directorates operations and programmes.
R-L; Mr. Festus Hangula Researcher APRM Namibia, Mr. Nyambe Sibanga National Planning Office Namibia, Dr. Rose Kitur Director NEPAD Programmes, Amb. Lineekela Mboti, Chief Executive Officer & Focal Point, APRM Namibia, Amb. Dr Samori Okwiya Chief Executive Officer NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat, Mr. Peter Kimemia, Director APRM & Governance Kenya, Dr. Alfons Witbeen Director APRM Secretariat Namibia, Mr. Erick Kiilu Deputy Director NEPAD Programmes