Residents of Kakamega County have presented their views on the County Budget Estimates for the coming Financial Year (FY) 2019/2020 with emphasis that all development projects should be ward based.
The Kakamega County Government Budget Estimates stand at Ksh. 14.8 billion to cater for both the recurrent and development expenditure in the next fiscal year that begins on the 1st of July 2019 to the 31st of June 2020.
The County Government comprises both the County Assembly headed by the speaker and County Executive headed by the governor.
On the 16th, May, 2019, the Kakamega County Assembly Budget and appropriations Committee conducted public hearings on the proposed budget estimates across the county.
Citizens from 12 Sub-Counties proposed that some programs and projects should get double funding in the coming financial to improve livelihoods.
The Committee’s chairperson Willis Opuka and the Assembly’s acting Clerk Laban Atemba have assured the public that all their views will be considered.
Some of the projects and programs they want scaled up in allocation of resources include road infrastructure to improve and upgrade road networks in wards, health service for quality and accessible healthcare services and Agriculture to promote food security and accelerate the local economy.
In Agriculture sector, in the coming financial year the county government has proposed to allocate Ksh. 598,716,311 million down from 701,433,152 million in the current financial year.
Some of key projects under this ministry include: Smart dairy units at a cost of Ksh. 75 million, poultry farming promotion at a cost of Ksh. 10 million, giving grants to co-operatives movements at a cost of of Ksh. 5 million.
In Roads, Infrastructure, Public Works and Energy sector,the county government is proposing to spent Ksh. 1.8 billion in the coming fiscal year up from Ksh. 1.5 billion in the 2018/2019 budget. Some of the priority projects include: Graveling of county roads 10km per ward at a cost of Ksh.300 million, improvement of Bitumen roads at a cost of Ksh. 718 million up from Ksh. 520 million in the current financial year, County Youth works to cost Ksh 300 million, Electrification and high masts at markets to cost Ksh.100 million and Ksh. 30 million to be used on construction and improvement of bridges among other projects.
In the coming financial year, the county government is proposing to spent Ksh. 1.3 billion in the health sector down from Ksh. 1.4 billion in the current financial year. Some of the flagship projects are: Imarisha Afya ya Mama an Mtoto, Implementation of a community Health Strategy, NHIF – Universal access to Health Care, Completion of Dispensaries under construction, nutrition and Malaria Control programs, Construction of Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital at a cost of Ksh. 350 million, construction and equipping of Shamakhubu and Mumias levels 4 hospital, upgrading of Matete, Shianda and Khwisero health centers to level four hospitals, Health standards Planning and Quality Assurance among other projects and programs.
The county education sector budget estimates for the coming financial year has reduced from Ksh.783.9 million to Ksh.526.9 million. Some of the projects and programs lined up for implementation include: promotion of county polytechnics education and standards,ECD subsidy program -capitation, infrastructure for ECD centers phases 3 and 4,equipping ECDEs purchase of Furniture among others.
The committee will retreat to consider the public views and then table a report to the House for deliberation.
If the report is adopted, there shall be an Appropriation Bill, 2019/20 to be approved by the House and be forwarded to the governor for accent.