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January 27th, 2021



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Samburu County Assembly and Oversight
The true test of democracy in Samburu County is the extent to which the County Assembly can ensure that County Government remains answerable to the people. This is done by maintaining constant oversight (monitoring) of government’s actions. The County Assembly and its Committees have powers to summon any person or institution to give evidence or produce documents, and to report to them.
Constitutional Mandate
The Constitution states that County Assembly has the power to conduct oversight of all organs of the County Government.

What is Oversight?
Oversight is a function granted by the Constitution to the County Assembly to monitor and oversee County Government actions.
When exercising oversight, the County Assembly focuses on the following areas: · implementation of laws · application of budgets · strict observance of laws of the Assembly and the Constitution · Effective management of government departments.

Why is County Assembly’s Oversight Role Important?
By overseeing the actions of the County Government, County Assembly is able to ensure that service delivery takes place, so that all citizens can live a better quality life.
County Assembly Exercises Oversight for the Following Reasons: · To detect and prevent abuse · To prevent illegal and unconstitutional conduct on the part of the County Government · To protect the rights and liberties of citizens · To hold the county government answerable for how taxpayers’ money is spent · To make county government operations more transparent and increase public trust in the government.

The Oversight Role of the County Assembly
According to The County Government Act, 2012, the county assembly shall — · Vet and approve nominees for appointment to county public offices as may be provided for in this Act or any other law; · Perform the roles set out under Article 185 of the Constitution; · Approve the budget and expenditure of the county government in accordance with Article 207 of the Constitution, and the legislation contemplated in Article 220 (2) of the Constitution, guided by Articles 201 and 203 of the Constitution; · Approve the borrowing by the county government in accordance with Article 212 of the Constitution; · Approve county development planning; and · Perform any other role as may be set out under the Constitution or legislation. · (2) If a county assembly fails to enact any particular legislation required to give further effect to any provision of this Act, a corresponding national legislation, if any, shall with necessary modifications apply to the matter in question until the county assembly enacts the required legislation.

County Assembly makes new laws, changes existing laws and repeals laws that are no longer needed. Laws can be made in different ways.

  • A bill (draft law) is introduced in the Assembly by a County Executive Committee Member, a Deputy County Executive Committee member, an assembly committee or an individual Member of the County Assembly (MCA).
  • Most bills are drawn up by county government department under the direction of the relevant Minister or Deputy Minister.
  • A bill introduced by a member of the executive must be approved by the County Cabinet before being submitted to Parliament for processing.
  • Bills introduced by individual MCAs are called private members’ bills. Before it can become a law, a bill must be passed by the County Assembly.
  • Once it has been introduced, a bill is referred to the relevant committee, where it is debated in detail and, if necessary, amended. If there is much public interest in a bill, the committee may organize public hearings.
  • Once the committee has finalized its deliberations on a bill, it reports to the corresponding House.
  • After the House has debated the bill, it takes a decision on whether to pass the bill. A bill could be referred back to the committee for further work before the House takes a decision.
  • If a bill passes through both the National Assembly and the NCOP, it is sent to the President for assent.
  • Once the President has signed a bill passed by the Houses, it becomes an Act of Parliament – a law of the land.

This is an important function of the County Assembly to encourage and facilitate participation from you, the people, in the process of the Assembly. In fact, the constitution says that there must be public participation in what goes on in the County Assembly. So make sure you make your voice heard in the County Assembly. Samburu County Assembly provides a county forum for the public consideration of issues and facilitates the involvement of the public in the processes of the Assembly. The access to the institution and its members and information provided to the public remain a vital focus of the assembly. Public participation activities include public hearings, outreach programmes, broadcasts, television broadcasts, publications, newsletters, promotional material, the website, etc.

Section 1

It is up to each of us to make full use of all the opportunities we have to try to influence the decisions that our political representatives make at national and county level.

Section 2

Voting in elections
Attending meetings
Submissions, representations and petitions
Contacting Representatives

Section 3

Keeping yourself informed
Joining a political party
Lobbying outside the Assembly

Samburu County Statistics

  • Surface Area
    Surface Area

    21,000 kmsq

  • Population

    224,000 Residents

  • Population Density
    Population Density

    11 persons per kmsq

  • Investments

    Ksh 100 Billion

Contact Us

Address: County Assembly of Samburu,
Postal: P.O. Box 3 - 20600 Maralal, Kenya.
Phone: +254 065 62456, +254 65 62075
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