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MCAs approve Sh5.7B supplementary budget

RIFT VALLEY
By Kennedy Gachuhi | December 6th 2019

Ward representatives have approved Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s Sh5.7 billion supplementary budget to finance various projects for the remainder of the financial year.

The report on the supplementary budget was yesterday tabled by Budget and Appropriation Committee Chairman Joel Karuri and adopted by the House, which adjourned its sitting until February next year.

In the budget, the Governor slash compensation for employees by Sh194 million, which has been reallocated to the purchase of goods and services.

Compensation slashed

“After the reallocation, allocation to recurrent expenditure was reduced by a net of Sh2.4 million while the development expenditure has now been enhanced by Sh375.6 million,” said Karuri.

The health department, which had received Sh6.6 billion in the county’s Sh21.3 billion budget is among those that have been affected by the reallocations.

The Trade, Industry, Marketing and Tourism Department compensation to employees was slashed by Sh18 million, which has been reallocated to the purchase of land for Kamara market and construction of Kinamba and Kuresoi markets.

In the infrastructure department, the county government slashed Sh4.4 million from the retirement compensation to employees.

More money for roads

The department’s development expenditure was, however, enhanced by Sh70 million for opening and upgrading various roads in the county.

“Projects introduced are opening of roads leading to industrial parks at Sh25 million, upgrading roads in Kiptagich and Gilgil at Sh20 million and Sh25 million respectively,” said Karuri.

The Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Department recurrent expenditure was unchanged but benefitted from an increase in World Bank grants under the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Projects.

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