By DAVID MUCHUI
Meru County Assembly Speaker Kaberia Arimba has said the assembly is committed to steering development in the county by taking its legislative and oversight mandate seriously.
Speaking during the Assembly’s Strategic Plan (2014/2018) consultative forum at Gatimene Hotel, Arimba said that the assembly members are keen on passing quality laws for effective service delivery to the Meru people.
“We expect that after its full implementation, the strategic plan will help us achieve our legal mandate which among others include our role of legislating for effective service delivery to our people.
Our mandate as a County Government is it to improve service delivery to the people of Meru while ensuring appropriate utilization of our resources,” said Arimba in his speech.
According to the draft strategic plan, some of the priorities include, redesign, renovation and construction of assembly facilities, hiring of staff, MCAs and staff capacity building, media partnership, use of ICT, provision of security at the assembly and developing a socially accountable assembly in natural resource management and conflict management.
Meru Governor Peter Munya challenged the assembly to set out a clear vision that will steer Meru to be a model county.
North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood challenged the assembly to ensure all legislations of the assembly are in tandem with the Constitution and in the interest of the people.
Imenti Central MP Mwiti Irea said that the members of the County assembly have an opportunity to improve the lives of Meru people through coming up with legislations that solve problems of the region.
The Meru County assembly has been allocated Sh810 million for the 2013/2014 financial year.
According to the draft strategic plan, the assembly will spend over Sh400 million in accomplishing its priority areas in the next one year.
In the draft plan, overseas travels for benchmarking on parliamentary democracy and governance has been allocated Sh30 million, Live coverage of assembly proceedings, Sh50 million, Use of technology and modern communication equipment, Sh22 million,
Research and information resource centre Sh15 million, Security for the Assembly, Sh15 million, Renovation of MCAs Chambers Sh35million, Developing capacity for staff and MCAs Sh265.5 million.