Sh717m bud­get with­drawn af­ter Kisumu MCAs protest

Law­mak­ers say guide­lines on spend­ing not clear. The sup­ple­men­tary es­ti­mates tabled just four months af­ter assem­bly ap­proved the bud­get

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The Kisumu sup­ple­men­tary bud­get was with­drawn on Wednes­day af­ter MCAs com­plained it lacked clear guide­lines on how the re­quested Sh717 mil­lion would be spent.

The amount was brought for­ward on June 30, Bud­get Com­mit­tee chair­man Wil­lis Ogonyo said. He had tabled the sup­ple­men­tary bud­get re­port.

“This un­spent cash, ac­cord­ing to the ex­ec­u­tive, is part of the bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions ap­pro­pri­ated by the assem­bly in 2015-16,” he said. Ogonyo said the bal­ance should have been in­cluded in the 2016-17 bud­get as a pend­ing bill.

The assem­bly ap­proved the county’s es­ti­mates for 2016-17 just four months ago. East Seme MCA Ag­grey Ogosi ac­cused the ex­ec­u­tive of un­fair dis­tri­bu­tion of re­sources.

He said the ex­ec­u­tive has not al­lo­cated money to com­plete a ma­ter­nity wing at a hos­pi­tal in his ward. “In other ar­eas like Kabonyo, they have started six new dis­pen­saries. The gov­er­nor should serve all, not sec­tions of wards,” he said.

Speaker Anne Adul di­rected that the bud­get re­port be brought back to the assem­bly af­ter 14 days by the Bud­get and Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee. Mi­nor­ity whip Eddy Anayo said the bud­get-mak­ing process should be done by the whole house, not just by one com­mit­tee.

/FAITH MATETE

Kisumu MCAs on Sep­tem­ber 22 at Town Hall, where they are hold­ing ses­sions as the assem­bly cham­bers are be­ing ren­o­vated

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