The Kitui County Assembly took a significant step in addressing local environmental concerns as it adjourned its regular sitting on the evening of Wednesday, 25th October, 2023.
This adjournment will enable members of the assembly to attend a vital briefing session and conduct a public participation exercise related to the Kitui County River Basins Sand Utilization and Conservation Bill, as well as the Kitui County River Basins Sand Utilization and Conservation Policy.
The decision to adjourn and focus on these crucial matters was made in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 25(3), highlighting the assembly’s commitment to effective governance and sustainable environmental practices.
The adjournment Motion was put forth by Hon. Godfrey Muthengi Ndagara from Tharaka and seconded by Hon. Munyoki Mwinzi from Kyuso. This demonstrates bipartisan support for the initiative, signifying the importance of the issues at hand.
The focus of these deliberations, the Kitui County River Basins Sand Utilization and Conservation Bill and Policy, is of paramount importance for the county’s future. Sand utilization in river basins is an issue that impacts the environment, local communities, and the overall sustainability of the region.
Striking the right balance between harnessing the resource for development and conserving it to prevent environmental degradation is a challenge faced by many regions around the world.
Public participation is a fundamental element of democratic governance and is especially critical in making decisions that impact the environment and the lives of local communities.
By allowing members of the public to voice their opinions and concerns, the Kitui County Assembly is ensuring that the policies and regulations that emerge from this process are not only effective but also reflect the values and needs of the people they serve.
The adjournment period is set to last until Tuesday, 14th November, 2023, with the assembly reconvening at 9:00 am. This gives ample time for thorough discussions, analysis, and engagement with various stakeholders. It is expected that the assembly’s decision-making process will be informed by the insights gained from the public participation exercise.
In conclusion, the Kitui County Assembly’s decision to adjourn its regular sitting for the sake of deliberating on the Kitui County River Basins Sand Utilization and Conservation Bill and Policy is a commendable step towards responsible governance and environmental stewardship.
It reflects the assembly’s commitment to addressing critical issues affecting the county and ensuring that local communities have a voice in shaping the policies that will define Kitui County’s future.
These deliberations are a testament to the importance of local governance and its role in fostering sustainable development and preserving the environment for future generations.