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Bungoma County Govt urged to refund KES 1.2B erroneously allocated

14 May 2014, 10:18 Jane Zack

Bungoma -  The Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA) is urging the Bungoma County to refund over KES 1.2 billion that was erroneously allocated to the County.

Speaking in his office, Busia County boss, Sospeter Ojaamong reiterated his optimism that the error will be rectified.

He said that Busia was shortchanged by diverting the funds to Bungoma, adding that CRA wants revenue allocated to Bungoma County based on incorrect census figures reversed and re-channeled to Busia County.

In a letter to Director of parliamentary budget, CRA chairman Micah Cheserem said Busia’s revenue allocation based on population and poverty index was understated when the 255 871 Teso population in Busia was erroneously included in the Bungoma County figures.

Cheserem has hence called upon the Bungoma Government to refund KES 566 million to Busia for the financial year 2013/2014 and KES 673 million for the year 2014/2015.

The Busia County Government will allocate the funds to water as a priority with each of the total 35 wards in the County to put up a borehole in a bid to alleviate water shortage.

Ojaamong said, “The balance will be used in reviving agriculture in the County so that locals can become self sustainable.’’

On his side, Busia Senator Amos Wako said that following the anomaly, the County revenue allocation had been understated by over KES 700 million which he promised to pursue to have it corrected.

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