With the ongoing strengthening and deepening of East Africa integration, there is need to ensure that citizens of respective countries are actively engaged and involved at every stage.

This requires regional framework for mobilizing and directing citizens participation in various processes. This was part of the discussion when Kara delegation paid a courtesy call to the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Hon. Ababu Namwamba. It was agreed that there is need to activate the Eastern Africa Federation of Resident Associations (EAFRA), which was formed and registered by Kara a few years ago. “Citizen participation is an integral part of governance at every level including regional and having a framework for supporting such participation is important” Hon. Namwamba said.  It was also agreed that whenever possible and in order to promote learning, the Ministry will work with Kara to facilitate technical exchange visits to countries that have excelled in organizing and supporting social action through structures such as Resident Associations. The Ministry was challenged to communicate more to the public regarding its work and how Kenyans can benefit from it. In that regard, it was agreed that the Ministry will participate in some of the Kara citizens’ forums such as the Bimonthly Talk Series and Residents Dialogue Forum to directly engage the public on their work. The Ministry will also participate in the Kara Business Expo and Conference event. Kara delegation to the meeting included Messrs Henry Ochieng (CEO), Ephraim Kanake (Treaurer), Paul Oyier (Governing Council Member) and Nancy Kariuki (Programs Manager)