Baringo County Assembly was established along with other 47 county assemblies to represent the people and ensure government by the people under the Constitution, as well as represent the 30 Wards in the County government. Hence the Assembly has a responsibility to ensure that the public participate in democratic processes by understanding the role of Parliament and their involvement in its processes.
Role of Baringo County Assembly
The roles of the county assembly can be derived from Article 185 of the New Constitution of Kenya (2010) which includes;
- The legislative authority of a county.
- Making any laws that are necessary for, or incidental to, the effective performance of the functions and exercise of the powers of the county government under the Fourth Schedule.
- While respecting the principle of the separation of powers, The County Assembly may exercise oversight over the county executive committee and any other county executive organs.
- The County Assembly may receive and approve plans and policies for;
- The management and exploitation of the county’s resources; and
- The development and management of its infrastructure and institutions.
The other roles of the county assembly can also be derived from the County Government Act, Part III Article 8 include;
- Vetting and approving nominees for appointment to county public offices as may be provided for in this Act or any other law;
- Performing the roles set out under Article 185 of the Constitution;
- Approving the budget and expenditure of the county government in accordance with Article 207 of the Constitution, and the legislation contemplated in Article 220 (2) of the Constitution, guided by Articles 201 and 203 of the Constitution;
- Approve the borrowing by the county government in accordance with Article 212 of the Constitution;
- Approving county development planning; and
- Performing any other role as may be set out under the Constitution or legislation.