Sectoral Committees at Kakamega County Assembly held interrogation sessions with various officers from different departments at the County Executive on the County Budget Estimates for the financial year 2020/2021.
The sessions held amid the Covid -19 pandemic, had to adhere to all safety measures put in place by the Ministry of Health as a way of curbing infection and spread of the deadly disease.
The interrogations are mandatory and meant to give room to each department to defend its Budget Estimates proposals for the succeeding financial year awaiting approval by County Assembly.
Interrogations come after a two week online public participation on the County Budget Estimates for the financial year 2020/2021.
A total of nine county departments were interrogated.
They included; Agriculture, Environment, Education, Health Services, Transport, Trade, ICT & e-Government, Public Service & Administration and Lands.
Each department was represented by the County Executive Committee (CEC) member, Chief Officers and other sectional heads in various ministries.
According to the Assembly Speaker,Hon. Morris Indakwa Buluma, Budget making process is a constitutional requirement that must follow due process despite the current pandemic situation.
“Budget document has got its timelines.This is why the House leadership felt that it was prudent for interogations to take place now in order to beat the June 30th deadline,” the Speaker explained.
In ensuring that safety measures are observed, the Assembly management ensured that all Covid-19 protocol and requirements are observed.
The Clerk to the County Assembly, CPA Laban Atemba said that social distancing was key throughout the sessions.
“As Honourable Members, staff and other guests enter the Assembly premises, we have ensured they sanitize their hands, their body temperatures checked at the gate before they pass through the fumigation booth,” said Mr. Atemba.
He also said that in every session, all participants were to put on masks and that less than 15 people sat at each interrogation session.
“Unlike in past where such meetings were held indoors, today we have come up with tents for each committee to ensure that safety is observed,” he added.
Interrogations will continue for the second day on Tuesday with the Ministry of Finance and the County Assembly facing their respective committees.