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The County government of Tharaka Nithi planned for 4 public hearings for the purpose of public participation in the budget process. IRCK supported and participated in two of the public hearings at Maara and Chogoria; Monday (20th April 2015) and Tuesday (21st April 2015) respectively. As a planning process towards the public participation forums, IRCK supported a County Social Budgeting Observatory committee meeting at Chogoria, Tharaka Nithi on 17th April 2015 for compilation of the SIR report and identify the issues to be shared during the Public hearing forum on Monday 20th April 2015 at Maara.
The issues identified were to inform the Public forums discussions and go a long way in ensuring that the SIR conducted and the findings influences proposed projects in the budget and that funding will actually be allocated. The sector based groups were able to identify the issues according to the most pressing ones that will be shared during the public hearing forum at Maara on Monday.
Radio talk show on knowing your budget;
The Committee members were able to identify 2 radio stations that are most preferred by the members of the community as Meru FM and Muuga Fm and the time of airing the show should be in the evening.