A workshop for the County Assemblies Forum (CAF) executive and governing council was held on the 11 and 13 June 2015 in Nakuru attended by 26 participants. Specifically, the workshop focused on harvesting the outcomes of law making, oversight and public participation efforts of the County Assemblies (CAs) since March 2013.
Through experience sharing, participants were able to share their success stories in regards to their implementation mechanisms and challenges experienced in execution of their mandates. As a result best practices were identified and recommendations for addressing the identified challenges developed. A specific example of best practices is the use of the Bill tracker, which is an effective tool for effectiveness in monitoring and management of the law making process. Those counties who have used the Bill tracker noted its usefulness in tracking the progress in their legislative function. In addition, they noted that the tracker also played a critical role in assisting the Members of County Assembly (MCAs) in monitoring the progress of the various motions and laws as per the various discussion stages. As a result, it was resolved that a model Bill tracker be developed by the CAF, drawing from counties already using it, and shared with all CAs.
Motivated by the need to ensure not only compliance with the constitution but also effective functioning by the newly devolved county assemblies, EISA in collaboration with Transition Authority published a Guide to Mandates and Procedures of County governments in Kenya. The guide is an easy reference manual currently being used by the county assemblies as a guide in understanding their mandate and role in the new political dispensation.
It clearly distinguishes the mandates, roles and functions of both the county executive and county assembly. It has been widely used in operationalising the county institutions and indeed formed the primary resource material at the induction meeting convened by the Transition Authority for Governors.
EISA, in partnership with the Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST), successfully undertook a needs analysis evaluation for County Assemblies. This resulted in an inventory for the County Assemblies. The analysis was necessitated by the need to commence operationalisation of the 47 County Assemblies, through putting in place the necessary modalities. Key among these modalities is the development of the generic rules of procedure for the Assemblies which EISA will support in 2012. At a forum convened by EISA in 2011, the stakeholders resolved to develop a draft template for the standing orders and rules of procedure for the County Assemblies in Kenya. The process of finalisation of the draft rules was undertaken by the CPST and is in the final stages for its conclusion.