Kakamega County Assembly has approved the 1st County Supplementary Budget with Agriculture and Environment sectors getting more funding to promote food security and environmental conservation.
Members of the County Assembly(MCAs) deliberated and adopted the report on the County Supplementary Budget for the Financial Year (FY) 2021/2022 on Tuesday morning during a special sitting,presided over by the Rt. Hon. Morris Indakwa Buluma.
While moving the motion,Hon.Willis Opuka,the Chairperson Budget and Appropriations Committee who is also the Marama South MCa, urged his colleagues to support the report to help county residents have the value of their money through implementation of the Supplementary Budget.
He was seconded by the vice-chairperson to the committee, Hon. Mathews Nyangweso, (Butsotso East Ward, MCA)
According to the report, allocations on the Farm Inputs had been increased by Kshs. 120 million up from the initial allocation of Kshs. 450 million, a move that was applauded by the members saying this would promoting food security in the county.
“The increased amount will cater for the anticipated high demand from farmers who are committed to ensuring the county is food self- reliant,” remarked Hon.Opuka.
His sentiments were echoed by the Acting Leader of Majority and a member representing Sango Ward, Hon. Kennedy Kilwake who said that farmers especially in the maize growing regions were much encouraged with the previous farm subsidy program and an increment of Kshs. 120 million would hugely promote farmers’ produce.
“This will see the county have enough food in the stores for both substance and commercial needs,” said Hon. Kilwake,
Hon. Kilakwe expressed optimism that reallocation of the County Assembly’s Kshs. 50 million from the development budget to the department of Public Works will give the Assembly the pride it deserves by having a new Chamber and office.
Under Health Services department, the report recommended that Kshs. 30 million and Kshs. 50 million be deducted from the proposed allocations for Butere hospital and the Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital (KCTRH) be appropriated as: Kshs. 10 million for Covid-19 control, Kshs. 5 milliom for lab materials at the County General Hospital (CGH), Kshs. 10 million for Drugs (CGH) Kshs. 5 million for Non-pharmaceuticals (CGH),Kshs. 2 million for VIP Mortuary (CGH), Kshs. 4 million for Matete Health Center (24 bed capacity general ward), Kshs. 2 million for Blood services, Kshs. 3.5 million and Kshs. 8.5 million for Maternity and Theatre respectively at Makunga Health Center, Kshs. 3 million for Khwisero Theatre, Kshs. 4 million for Ikuywa Health Center, Kshs. 3 million and Kshs. 3.5 million for Theatre and Maternity respectively at Iguhu Hospital, Kshs. 3 million for Theatre at Matungu hospital and Kshs. 11.5 million for equipping other health facilities.
Additional Kshs. 240 million had been allocated to the County General Hospital (CGH) to help in paying the pending bills.
Speaking in support of the report, Hon. Mathews Nyangweso told county legislators that by adopting the report, the House would have unlocked the stalemate that had been there in the Health sector for quite some time.
“We need to do this to enable the Health department proceed with processing of the pending bills.” He stated.
Hon. Kevin Mahelo, MCA representing Butali/Chegulo Ward expressed the need for the budget to be implemented with urgency once approved by the House to save the health sector in the county.
“The issue of drugs has been a disaster in our health facilities and most of these facilities have no floats,” observed the law maker.
Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) infrastructure received an additional Kshs. 4.5 million to cater for Shikulusi ECDE Center in Marama Central that was said to be in dire need.
More so, allocation on Equipping of ECDE Centers had been added Kshs. 15 million to cater for the increasing enrollment of learners and ensuring equal distribution of furniture across the county.
The vote on Climate Change mitigation and adaptation program under the department of Water, Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change had an increment of Kshs. 200 million, a move, according to the department’s Chief Officer, was prompted by the World Bank conditions that each ministry should increase its budget by 1% to cater for climate issues.
The report further revealed through the department of Finance and Economic Planning that the county had surpassed its projected own source revenue by Kshs. 26 million in the 1st quarter of the FY 2021/2022.
“Some Kshs. 319,000,000 had been collected for the period July – November, 2021 against a projected target of kshs. 293,000,000 for the same period and a high percentage of revenue is expected to be collected during the 3rd Quarter of this financial year (January – March, 2021)…,” read a section of the report.
The special sitting was convened following the Gazette Notice No. 14134 dated 21st December, 2021.
The Ward Representatives (MCAs) are on long recess until earlier February, 2022.
Following the high positivity rate of the covid-19 Omicron variant, Ministry of Health measures and Speaker’s guidelines on limited attendance as well as limited time of interaction were adhered to during the session.