House approves Sh14 million vehicle for Governor Kahiga
Supplementary Budget allocates Sh14 million for the car and Sh35 million for executive’s housing
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.