Public information now easily accessible after county data portal launched

CS Joe Mucheru (2nd from right) during the launch. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Information CS Joe Mucheru on Wednesday presided over the launch of the Integrated Devolution Data Portal that is set to make county information easily accessible to the public.

The platform is an interactive platform for information sharing between county governments, the public, constitution implementation bodies and other stakeholders.

Speaking during the launch in Nairobi,  CS  Mucheru said that the portal will contain information on County legislation, public participation forums, revenue laws and county financial information.

“I commend the developers for designing a portal that is user friendly and the information contained therein will be readily and easily accessible to all.” Said Mucheru.

He added  that this platform showed the government’s commitment to uphold the citizen’s right to access information held by the state.

On the other hand speaking at the launch, Dr. Jane Kirigai the Chairperson of the Commission on Revenue Allocation, said that the portal will help Kenyans to track what counties are doing and therefore hold them accountable.

The portal is expected to serve as a central national storehouse for information on county legislation and devolution related issues in all the 47 counties; playing a vital role in public awareness by serving as a source of information on key revenue laws and county taxation legislation.

This is phase one of the data portal and more are expected to be launched  in the coming months.

The launch of the data portal aimed at centralizing devolution data was done by Kenya Association of Manufacturers in partnership with the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA).