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MCAs take more cash than set out, says report

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By Lydiah Nyawira | February 18th 2016

Meru and Nyeri MCAs exceeded the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRC) ceiling on allowances, a report by the Controller of Budget shows.

The report on the implementation of county budgets for the first quarter of 2015-2016 was tabled in the Nyeri county assembly.

According to the report Meru MCAs earned Sh133,597 while their Nyeri counterparts earned Sh136,735 per month in sitting allowances against 124,800 recommended by SRC.

Other counties which flouted SRC rules on sitting allowances were Homa Bay (Sh147,225), Kisii (Sh137,281), Migori (Sh177,841), Mombasa (Sh153,827) and Trans Nzoia (Sh169,827).

Development Projects

The Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo said in the first quarter of this financial year, Nyeri did not request for any funds to undertake development projects.

The county received Sh819 million from the national government and raised Sh141 million as local revenue.

Revenue raised in the county from July to September in 2015 was Sh141.91 million, an improvement from Sh89.68 million collected in the previous year.

“This was a 58 per cent increase from the amount collected in a similar period of 2014-15,” the report says.

Nyeri spent Sh615.14 million (112.9 per cent of the total funds released) on recurrent activities. Some Sh542 million, which is 88 per cent of the funds, was spent on salaries and allowances while Sh72 million was spent on operations and maintenance.

The report showed that the county spent more funds than allocated without authorisation from the Controller of Budget, in contravention of the law because the county was spending funds locally.

“The county spent 19.69 million on payment of sitting allowances to 48 members of the county assembly against an annual sitting allowance budget of Sh 107.86 million,” the report shows.

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