Governor Nyong’o pleads with ward reps over budget
SEE ALSO :No end in sight for Kanyakwar land rowThe appeal came as it emerged that Kisumu and Homa Bay counties are still struggling to increase local revenue. A report released by Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo indicates Kisumu’s local revenue fell by Sh29 million between July 2018 and March 2019. According to Ms Odhiambo, the under-performance in revenue generation might affect development activities that had been planned. “The county Treasury should formulate and implement strategies to enhance own-source revenue collection,” Odhiambo stated in her report.
Steady declineEarly this year, activists and non-governmental organisations called for a probe into the steady decline in revenue despite the county automating revenue collection systems.
SEE ALSO :MCAs debate Sh10b controversial budgetReports indicate that revenue collection decreased from Sh1 billion in the 2016/17 financial year to Sh879.90 million in 2017/18. In Homa Bay, revenue collection declined by Sh13 million with the county raising Sh58 million. However, Nyamira and Kisii counties improved their revenue collections by Sh51 and Sh84 million respectively. In western Kenya, the CoB’s report revealed massive expenditure of public funds on domestic and foreign travel in Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia and Bungoma counties even as their wage bills continued to soar. Kakamega topped with Sh258 million spent on local and international trips between July 2018 and March 2019, followed by Bungoma (Sh221 million), Vihiga (Sh193 million) and Busia (Sh169 million).
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