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No tea, newspapers, new cars for Lenku as MCAs pass delayed budget

Governor Joseph Lenku in Kitengela. He is currently under siege from his MCAs who feel he has not been playing a fare game in the distribution of resources and payment of contractors and supliers that are owed billions of shillings.
Governor Joseph Lenku in Kitengela. He is currently under siege from his MCAs who feel he has not been playing a fare game in the distribution of resources and payment of contractors and supliers that are owed billions of shillings.
The assembly gave governor Joseph Lenku Sh 11,256,224,822 to expend this year after weeks of a tug of war between the MCAs and the executive.

Kajiado assembly speaker, Johnson Osoi, will now write to the senate speaker to explain why the budget-making process was delayed for a month.

This is after the MCAs gave the executive Sh11.2 billion after almost 10 hours on Tuesday, which saw the House slash the executive’s budget for the buying of 20 new cars.

Most of the cars that the executive had proposed for the governor are fuel guzzlers, and the MCAs ensured all were struck out before they agreed on the sober budget.

The MCAs also slashed all the monies in the budget for the buying of newspapers, tea and lunches, saying in the last financial year only 11 per cent of development projects were initiated.

Osoi, as the law requires, will explain to the senate why the budget was delayed beyond June 29, so the speaker of the senate can now write to the national treasury to allow it to release the equitable share for the county.

The assembly gave governor Joseph Lenku Sh 11,256,224,822 to expend this year after weeks of a tug of war between the MCAs and the executive.

The total amount consists of Sh7, 954,768,229 equitable shares, own-source revenue, Sh1.605, 355,500, Sh285, 399,846 from conditional grants and additional Sh1.5 billion revenue received from an equitable share from the national government.

The total resource envelop, therefore, has grown by 12.2 per cent compared with FY 2020/2021 budget, and the executive says this has been attributed to the additional Sh1.5 billion revenue received from an equitable share from the national government.

The budget and appropriation committee chairman, Henry Kimiti said this year’s budget is higher than that of the previous year (Sh9.4 billion).

Kimiti said ever since the inception of the devolved units Kajiado has never realized its target for its source revenue despite the county being ranked among the top in potential among the counties if proper mechanisms are put in place.

“With the proper mechanism in place, local revenue can finance close to 60 per cent of its budget,” Kimiti said.

Kimiti said analysis of the performance from July to May FY 2020/21 was 45 per cent, the amount collected was Sh766.7 million against a target of Sh1.68 billion.

He attributed the underperformance in revenue collection of 50 per cent to the intervention measures (removal of market/barter fees, slaughter fee and bus park fees) implemented by the county government to cushion businesses from the negative impacts of the Covid- 19.

The chairman said equitable share received during the same period was Sh4.83 billion compared to an expected target of Ksh.6.42 billion, and that represents 75 per cent performance.

“This indicated that there was delayed reimbursement of Sh1.59 billion from the national government. Total grants received amounted to Sh509.2 million against a target of Sh1.58 billion representing 32 per cent performance,” said the chairman.

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