Taita Taveta Senator raises fresh audit queries on Sh400 million trips
SEE ALSO :MCAs cut Executive budget by Sh435m“There are many bright children from poor families who are still languishing at home due to lack of school fees. The money spent on foreign trips should have been spent wisely by supporting such students," Mwaruma said yesterday. "There is also a need for the administration to invest heavily in education, which is the main driver of economic growth.” The senator has been travelling around the county explaining to the people the bad financial decisions the county had made, which have been pointed out in the Controller of Budget report. Mwaruma's assertions have not gone down well with Mr Samboja, who has accused him of spreading propaganda so as to gain political mileage. Yesterday, the county executive committee member for Finance and Planning, Vincent Masawi, disputed Mwaruma's assertions.
SEE ALSO :Queries over hiring of Tanzanian medicDr Masawi said the county had spent Sh331 million on trips, and not Sh419.65 million. "The figures given by the senator are wrong and misleading," said Masawi.
Low AbsorptionMwaruma also expressed concern at the low absorption of budgetary allocations made to the different projects in the county. He said this was affecting development programmes. Mwaruma claimed that the 6.3 per cent absorption rate was too low.
Senate CommitteeAt the same time, Mwaruma said he wondered why more than Sh1.63 billion meant for development projects was still lying untouched at the National Treasury. “I am not fighting the county administration when I tell the local community the truth about how poorly their money is being spent," said Mwaruma. "In the Senate we always ensure that counties are well-funded to implement projects."
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