Salaries to gobble up bulk of Nakuru county funds

Members of the Nakuru County Assembly committee during a past sitting. [Standard]
At least Sh10.1 billion, which translates to 65 per cent of county’s Sh15.5 billion budget for the next financial year, will go towards recurrent expenditures.

Of the amount, Sh6.1 billion will be spent on staff salaries and wages.

According to the county’s medium-term expenditure framework estimates for the financial years 2019/20 and 2020/21, the county’s wage bill is expected to grow to Sh6.6 billion by the 2020/2021 financial year.

The document that is currently subject to scrutiny through public participation by the County Assembly ahead of the June 30 budget reading, further allocates Sh5.3 billion of the total budget to development activities.

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County Finance Executive Peter Ketienye is expected to read the 2019/2020 budget estimates at the County Assembly before June 30.

Health services

The development vote consists of Sh1.3 billion for ward projects for the next financial year.

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Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s administration will spend Sh5.6 billion on provision of health services.

The department plans to use Sh3.4 billion in paying salaries and wages to doctors, nurses and health workers while Sh599 million will go towards development expenses.

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The governor’s office has been allocated Sh362 million, of which Sh96.6 million will go towards development expenditure while Sh265.8 million would be for recurrent expenditure.

Under the recurrent expenditure, the governor and his deputy have been allocated Sh8 million for foreign travel.

County Treasury has been allocated Sh2.6 billion for its operations. Of the amount, Sh1.7 billion would be spent on various development programmes.

The department of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning has been allocated Sh1.3 billion to spend in the next financial year.

The County Assembly has been allocated Sh1.1 billion, of which Sh983 million would be for recurrent expenditure.

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Nakuru CountyFinance Executive Peter KetienyeGovernor Lee Kinyanjui