ASSEMBLY APPROVES COUNTY FISCAL STRATEGY PAPER REPORT

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County Assembly Members (MCAs) have unanimously adopted the Kakamega County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) report.
The report which was tabled and presented by the chairperson Budget and Appropriations Committee, Hon. Willis Opuka recommends that more development funds to be injected into ward based projects in the next financial year.
The County treasury submitted to the Assembly the medium term County Fiscal Strategy Paper for the financial year 2019/2020 to the Assembly in March 2019.
CFSP sets out the County priority programmes to be implemented during the next financial year.
Preparation of this document is done through collaborated efforts that reflect the needs of the people of Kakamega County. The document, gives projections for the next fiscal year, medium-term programs and sets broad county budget priorities to guide decisions on annual budget. It also proposes ceilings of expenditure.
The Committee has made several recommendations, all which have been backed by the MCAs.  Some of them are: (1) The health committee to undertake oversight of the purchase, delivery and distribution of medical drugs to hospitals, (2) County departments should ensure that County Fiscal Strategy Papers are aligned with Annual Developments Plans (ADPs) for consistency and to end duplications of programs, (3) The County Government should ensure it prioritizes programmes that will benefit all residents in the County (4) The department of lands should ensure all county government lands are protected from encroachment.
(5) The following programmes should be implemented as ward based projects at a cost of Ksh. 30.5 in the next financial year:
 (a). ROADS: 10KM new roads openings at Ksh. 10m, 10km road maintenance at Ksh. 5m and installation of 3 transformers per ward at Ksh. 4m
(b). EDUCATION:  Construction of 2 ECDE centres and equipping them at Ksh.7m and Ksh. 3m for bursary per ward.
(c ). HEALTH : Universal Health Care (NHIF) at Ksh. 1.5m to cater for residents in every ward.
(6).  Flagship projects should be identified in the Budget through inclusion of the views of honourable members, citizens and other stakeholders through public participation forums and approved by the Assembly.
(7).  The County Government should enhance and safeguard revenue collection and roll-out full automation of revenue systems in areas such as at markets, bus parks and put in place mechanisms to seal the theft of revenue and usage at source.
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