H.E. the Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has assented the Kakamega County Appropriation Bill 2019 to law.
Appropriations Act, 2019 permits the county government to access public funds for financial year 2019/20, which begins on July 1.
The County cumulative budget stands at Ksh.14,872,045,379 with the recurrent expenditure taking the lions’s share of Ksh.7,820,969,107 and Development expenditure Ksh 7,051,076,273.
Highlights of his remarks:
#Thanked the County Assembly under the leadership of Speaker Morris Buluma for passing the budget in time.
#Kakamega is the first County in the country to sign off its budget
# County Executive’s commitment to balance the budget 50/50% between recurrent and development votes. The law requires 30/70% development/recurrent.
# Among the major consumers (projects) of dev budget are:
#2019/20 focus will be on supply of water to households; roads in major towns -Kakamega and Mumias as plans for upgrading of Kakamega to city status get underway.
#County Assembly has done its work, it is now our responsibility to implement projects in a timely manner. He directed ministries to develop proper procurement plans to avoid the spectre of pending bills.
# He said the County service delivery unit and the newly introduced ERP will greatly improve monitoring of project implementation and enable the County to avoid stalled projects.
#The Senate and the National Assembly are yet to agree on sharing of revenue formula with Senate proposing 327B, National Assembly 310B and CoG 335B. Until there is consensus this budget will be treated as provisional. It will be adjusted appropriately when the parties reach agreement.
#The reports I receive from all the 47 counties indicate that devolution is working, there is something to learn from each one of them.
#The national treasury should disburse an outstanding amount of Shs43B that is due counties for the month of June. The delayed disbursement is a violation of the Constitution of Kenya.
In his remarks, the Speaker,Hon. Morris Buluma said budgets are key tools for delivery of government services to the people and emphasized that it was wrong to have such an important document rejected as media reports indicate.
Also present were the deputy governor, H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima, CEC Members led by Mr. Geoffrey Omulayi (Finance and Planning), Members of the County Assembly, chief officers, the County Secretary and Head of Public Service, Madam Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo, the County Attorney, Mr. Moses Sande, Chief of Staff, Mr. Robert Sumbi, advisors, PA to the governor, Mr. Herbert Sore, among other senior staff.