Kakamega governor H.E. Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya has tipped members of the County Assembly and top officials from the County Executive on effective ways of budget execution and project implementation.
Informed by his rich experience in finance and accounting professions, the governor said with proper planning and ethical behaviour, the spectre of pending bills and stalled projects should never recur.
Hon. Oparanya was speaking at a forum in which both the Assembly and the County Executives, as well as chief and planning officers are reviewing budget performance and project implementation status for the year ending 2018/2019.
He castigated the practice of internal trading in public service, otherwise known as conflict of interest, saying it was responsible for widespread misuse of public resources.
He cautioned county employees against engaging in such practices adding that contractors were also to blame for delays in project completion through collusion with engineers and other professionals who are notorious for escalating costs through project variation.
Present were deputy governor, Prof. Philip Museve Kutima, Kakamega County Assembly Speaker Hon. Morris Buluma, leader of majority, Hon. Joel Ongoro, leader of minority Mr. David Ndakwa, County Attorney Moses Sande, County Assembly Committee chairpersons, Assembly Acting Clerk. Laban Atemba, County Executive Committee (CEC) members, Chief Officers and other top officials.