Ngilu sues Speaker over budget
SEE ALSO :Kibwana calls for a ceasefire in KituiNgilu has been embroiled in a political tussle with the county assembly for the past few months over budgetary allocations and corruption claims. This, sources said, was behind the ward reps’ rejection of the governor’s Sh11.6 billion supplementary budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year on June 27. The following day, the assembly further refused to allocate funds in the 2019/20 financial estimates for the Kitui County Textile Centre and a ballast crusher procured by the county government – both said to be Ngilu’s pet projects. In her suit, the governor argues that on April 30, the Finance Executive presented a budget estimate proposal for the 2019/2020 financial year to the county assembly for approval. The proposal was only processed on June 28, which was the last day for submission. This caused a delay in the approval of the Appropriation Bill before July 1 – the first day of the current financial year.
SEE ALSO :How to make money onlineMembers of the county assembly approved a vote authorising the withdrawal of funds from the County Revenue Fund pending preparation and assent of the Appropriation Bill. According to Ngilu, the Speaker had seven days to communicate the assembly’s decision to the Controller of Budget, who would have in turn release the necessary funds. It is also claimed that while the assembly’s resolution was forwarded to the Finance Executive through a letter from the Clerk of the Assembly on July 2, Ndotto later visited the offices of the Controller of Budget in Nairobi and disowned the communication. Ngilu argues that because of the Speaker’s failure to act promptly, the running of the county government has been affected. The first victims, she states, are county government employees who have not been paid their June salaries. The governor also claims that there is an acute shortage of essential medicines, laboratory reagents and non-pharmaceuticals used in hospitals.
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