House ap­proves Sh14 mil­lion ve­hi­cle for Gov­er­nor Kahiga

Sup­ple­men­tary Bud­get al­lo­cates Sh14 mil­lion for the car and Sh35 mil­lion for ex­ec­u­tive’s hous­ing

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - COUNTY NEWS - BY GRACE GI­TAU ggi­­tion­ AND ALEX NJERU an­­tion­

Pro­posal comes in the wake of crash that claimed life of Wa­home Gakuru So many peo­ple are ask­ing why Gov­er­nor Wa­home Gakuru was trav­el­ling in a faulty car. It’s be­cause his cars were faulty, in­clud­ing the Mercedes Benz,” Ny­eri Gov­er­nor Mu­tahi Kahiga

Ny­eri County will spend Sh14 mil­lion to buy a new ve­hi­cle for the gov­er­nor and Sh35 mil­lion for houses of top of­fi­cials in the Sup­ple­men­tary Bud­get tabled be­fore the county assem­bly yes­ter­day. The county has also in­creased the cash to be set aside for health by Sh388 mil­lion in its an­nual spend­ing plan.

The county has re­tained the pro­vi­sions for a car and houses which was in the last bud­get but had been scrapped by MCAS.

The process of buy­ing the car in­clud­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing the model, had started be­fore the death of Gov­er­nor Wa­home Gakuru in an ac­ci­dent along Thikany­eri high­way in Mu­rang’a County last week. The Mercedez Benz which he was trav­el­ling in was writ­ten off af­ter crash­ing into guard rails.

Yes­ter­day, Gov­er­nor Ed­ward Mu­tahi Kahiga de­fended the move to buy the ve­hi­cle, say­ing ve­hi­cles that have been as­signed to the gov­er­nor’s of­fice were faulty.

“So many peo­ple are ask­ing why Gov­er­nor Wa­home Gakuru was trav­el­ling in a faulty car. But it is be­cause his cars were faulty in­clud­ing the Mercedes Benz. I am bor­row­ing CECS cars be­cause I also do not have a car,” said Gov­er­nor Kahiga.

He noted that the move to set aside funds for the con­struc­tion of a house for the gov­er­nor, his deputy, and Assem­bly Speaker was to com­ply with the Salaries and Re­mu­ner­a­tion Com­mis­sion di­rec­tive.

“The com­mis­sion no­ti­fied county gov­ern­ments that gov­er­nors, their deputies and speak­ers will not re­ceive house al­lowances start­ing June 2018,” he said.

In the Sh7.8 bil­lion Ny­eri sup­ple­men­tary bud­get for the fi­nan­cial year 2017/2018 tabled in the county assem­bly yes­ter­day, the county has in­creased the health bud­get from Sh2.3 bil­lion to Sh2.7 bil­lion. The county will spend Sh5.5 bil­lion on re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture which in­cludes salaries and Sh2.3 mil­lion on devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mean­while, Tharaka-nithi County Assem­bly on Tues­day passed a Sh4.5 bil­lion Sup­ple­men­tary Bud­get for the 2017/2018 fi­nan­cial year. The me­dia was how­ever de­nied a copy of the bud­get as re­quired the au­tho­ri­sa­tion of the Assem­bly Speaker David Mbaya, who was not avail­able.

Re­cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture has been al­lo­cated Sh2.8 bil­lion and devel­op­ment Sh1.6 bil­lion.

Health de­part­ment re­ceived the lion’s share of Sh1.1 bil­lion while Live­stock and Fish­eries got the least at Sh14 mil­lion.

Other de­part­ments which re­ceived huge al­lo­ca­tions are: Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Plan­ning (Sh596 mil­lion), Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture and Pub­lic Works (Sh550 mil­lion) and Agri­cul­ture (Sh346 mil­lion).

The re­port was tabled by the County Assem­bly Bud­get and Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Com­mit­tee chair­per­son Mil­li­cent Mu­gana for adop­tion but a sec­tion of the MCAS led by Mar­i­ani Ward rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Mr Kinyua Mbo­gori, sought its amend­ment, cit­ing un­fair­ness in dis­tri­bu­tion of the re­sources.

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