Eleven sectoral committees have started to interrogate the Kakamega County Government supplementary budget estimates for the Financial Year 2018/2019.
The estimates are set to be tabled in the Assembly soon for deliberation by Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) to either approve or reject the supplementary budget.
So far, three committees namely – (1) Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative, (2) Roads, Infrastructure,Public Works and Energy, and (3) ICT, e -Government, Communication and Library have been inducted by the Assembly budget office on how to interrogate the supplementary budget estimates.
The committees are now scheduled to cross examine top county officials and accounting officers in different departments who will defend their revised budget estimates.
This week, the remaining eight sectoral committees will be inducted on how to interrogate supplementary budgets estimates for their corresponding dockets in the county executive,before proceeding to invite and interrogate Chief Officers and County Executive Committee (CEC) members.
During the induction sessions held separately for the three committees at the Committees’ boardrooms, Agriculture committee chairperson, Hon. Geoffrey Ommatera and his ICT and Communication counterpart, Hon.Kennedy Kilwake said the county executive accounting officers will required to shed light on how their respective departments have huge pending bills, justify why their budgets have been revised upwards.
Members of these committee also resolved that each department must present status report of all projects and programs being undertaken in this financial year.
The accounting officers will be required to show their work plans as per their initial budget proposals, MCAs said.
We must ensure that there is prudent use of funds we allocate to various departments to implement projects which are viable and transforms livelihoods. We want to see fiscal discipline in all departmens. We must oversight how public resources are utilized,” Hon. Ommatera told members of his committee.
He faulted the department of fisheries for failing to improve fishing farming in Khwisero Sub-County despite being allocated million of shillings in the last financial year.
In its revised budget estimates, the department has asked to be given Ksh.64 million to implement the County Fisheries Development program.
While, the department of Roads and Infrastructure has revised its budgets estimates upwards by Ksh.404,324,313 from Ksh. 1,597,997,701 to Ksh. 2,002,320,014.
Some of the key projects to be undertaken in the department include: construction and repair of 10km of roads per ward and construction of bridges ,implementing county youth services in wards, installing of High-masts at markets to improve security.
The department of ICT, e – Government and Communication has revised its budget for county connectivity from Ksh. 40 million to 50 million saying that the program requires more funding.