County Assembly Committee on Budget and Appropriations held a public participation on the Kakamega County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) proposal draft for the Financial Year 2024/2025 on Friday at the County Social Hall.

The day long forum was meant to give county residents room to give their views and have their input in the budget making process for the said financial year.

Speaking during the participation, Butsotso South Member of County Assembly (MCA) and the Chairprson to the Committee, Hon. Gildon Shioso said that the Committee had done its part and urged the public to interrogate it further for the benefit of the County residents. “As Budget Committee, we have been able to go through the document to ensure that we prioritize projects that favor our people of Kakamega County,” stated the Chair, “let us interrogate this document together to get it right on behalf of our people,” urged the legislator. Shioso disclosed that proposed ceilings for various county departments had been factored by the Committee with an emphasis on Health and Agriculture departments.

“Health sector is taken care of……this is where we have had complains in the past,” he alluded. Chekalini MCA Hon. Titus Kwomah chided the County Executive for not making most county projects a reality for the benefit of residents and challenged county legislators to put the former on toes.

“The truth of the matter is that the County Government of Kakamega is not implementing its Budget…..especially in the health sector; there are no drugs in almost all of our health facilities,” bemoaned Hon. Kwomah reaffirming that the health sector was at the brink of collapsing. Members of the public retorted with a serious concern that the health sector needed attention with some urgency it deserves.

They proposed that funds proposed for the construction of residences and Office of the Governor be diverted to the hospitals among other proposals.
They urged the Committee to put their views into consideration and ensure that their proposals are implemented on time with some questioning the delay in completion of some key County projects thus denying wananchi an opportunity to realize the value of their money.
Further, they (the public) called on the County Government to initiate projects that are economically viable and will help generate more revenue to the County.
Mr. Habel Ouma, a representative of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) appealed to the County Government to ensure their special needs are factored in subsequent budgets are well-catered for across the County.
The forum brought together participants drawn from the civil society, Persons Living with Disability (PLWD) and business communities among other stakeholders across the county to give their views and proposals on the document.
The Committee will retreat to compile a comprehensive report on the views and present to the house for deliberation and adoption.