By Reuben Olita
The Joint Donor Mission which ended its two-day tour of Busia County on Thursday has outlined seven areas it wishes to give support to the County Government of Busia.
In a debrief with County leadership led by Deputy Governor, H.E Moses Mulomi at Hotel Breeze, UNICEF’s Social and Economic Policy Specialist, Dr Robert Simiyu said the donor community and UN Agencies will support a number of policies which are being enacted or implemented including Gender Based Violence, nutrition and disaster recovery among others, which have direct bearing on the youth.
“The support will also entail induction of new members of the County Assembly and staff from the Executive to improve on their service delivery,” he said.
Flanked by Busia Deputy Governor, H.E Moses Mulomi, Dr Simiyu said the second area of support is on developing physical framework including County Integrated Development Plan III, Annual Development Plan, County Fiscal Strategy Paper and the Budget which is taken to the Assembly for approval, adding that they will engage with the executive and County Assembly to deliver on their mandates.
Gender mainstreaming is another area the donor community is keen on fast tracking, this entails planning and budgeting and policy work and sectors. Other focus will be on policies especially those that benefit the youth.
” We shall endeavour to enhance public participation, civil society engagement and budget transparency work; on citizen budgets, we shall work with ICT and Communication team to simplify the budget document to enable the youth receive it via mobile technology,” he said.
He added, “We shall endeavour to support key national government systems including Controller of Budget Management Information System (COBMIS) and Standard Chartered of Accounts developed by the National Treasury.
On the youths, Dr Simiyu said the UNDP led team will make a follow-up mission to the county soon for indepth discussions on ways and means of supporting the youth, noting that the type of support will be unveiled after discussions with the county leaders.
H.E Mulomi thanked the donor community and UN Agencies for continued support to the County, noting that there are more areas of engagement with UN Agencies especially on critical health care.
” Our field visit to the Gender Violence Recovery Centre at the Busia County Referral Hospital confirmed the challenges the centre was facing especolially lack of incubation and rehabilitation centre,” he said.
He added, ” Maternity case load at BCRH has prompted the County Government to construct modern maternity with a bed capacity of 60. About 50,000 cases are handled per year in public hospitals across the county with 18,000 cases handled at the BCRH.