Kisumu County Assembly passes Sh72 million for Prados
By Dennis Onyango
| June 21st 2013
By Dennis Onyango
Kisumu,Kenya: Kisumu County Assembly has passed a report recommending the purchase of Toyota Prados worth Sh72 million.
This will now see the County executives allocated 12 brand new Prados to enable them serve the area effectively.
The executive had initially proposed 22 Prados at Sh132 million but this was reduced by the Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Once purchased, Sh15 million is to be used for their operation during the 2013-2014 financial year.
Leader of house majority, My Samuel Ong’ow said there was need to purchase the four-wheel drives due to the terrain in most parts of the county.
“We are all aware of the status in which our roads are. The roads are impassable for Passats and the executive therefore opted for Prados,” he told the house.
This was after West Seme Ward Representative Benter Akinyi questioned why they opted for Prados instead of Passats that consume little fuel and are less expensive to purchase.
The committee’s chairman Willis Mindeu said that out of the deductions they made in the expenditure, they saved more than Sh1.6 billion that would have been a deficit in the Sh9.7 billion budget.
On Friday, the House also passed Sh7 million for the purchase of a Land Rover. The committee had reduced the figure from Sh14 million that had earlier been proposed.
They also reduced the budgetary provision of Sh10.3 million on the executive’s commuter allowance to Sh5.1 million.
On the Sh10 million meant to renovate Governor Jacktone Ranguma’s residential house, the assembly was told that this had been reduced from Sh75 million to reduce the financial burden on the county.
North Nyakach Ward Representative Maina Koko questioned why the governor’s office proposed Sh6 million to cater for electricity expenses. This figure was reduced by the committee to Sh3 million.
“We all know the office has electricity. Why does the executive need all this amount of money?” he posed.
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