Public Participation, Devolution and Development: Expanding the Frontiers of Participation Through Technology in Kenya

Authors: Andrew Barney Khakula and Mercy Mutheu Muendo

ISSN: 2521-5434
Affiliations: Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, LLB (Moi), Diploma in Law (KSL), LLM (UNISA), LLD (candidate UNISA), Law Lecturer and Managing Partner at JS Khakula Advocates; Law Lecturer and Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, LLB (Moi), Diploma in Law (KSL) LLM (John Marshall Law School UIC Chicago)
Source: Africa Journal of Comparative Constitutional Law, 2019, p. 103 – 128


The Constitution of Kenya makes public participation indispensable when it comes to matters of governance and development. Both national and county governments are required to inculcate public participation in their operations. This article explores the meaning, scope and role of public participation within the context of devolution in Kenya. The article then argues that public participation must embrace the realities of the digital revolution in the 21st century, and suggests some of the ways in which information technology can be embraced as an effective platform for public participation in Kenya.