Government's extravagance to blame for the latest spate of cash crunch
20 October 2015, 11:15
If the recent allegations that the JUBILEE administration is planning to spend KES 37 500 per bar of a soap for the would-be el-nino victims are anything to go by, we should brace our sorry selves for a tougher tomorrow.
Just a few weeks ago, the Bungoma County shocked the country when it procured 10 wheelbarrows at a total cost of about KES 1 million (which translated to about KES 100 000 per wheelbarrow).
Prior to this shocking revelation, an audit report by the auditor general had depicted how counties have been misappropriating funds and using huge sums of the taxpayer's sweat and blood to reward themselves.
The shortage of running water, toilet papers and electricity supply at the heartbeat of the country's reins of power (the so called August House) was the crescendo of a nauseating drama titled 'Reaping from where you sowed not' ironically featuring greedy Members of County Assemblies, self-centered county officials, shortsighted and perhaps misinformed civil servants at the treasury and a naive presidency as its main actors.
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As a people, we have been treated to the sideshows of this drama which includes finger pointing, backstabbing, name-calling and verbal-diarrhea from an army of seemingly dejected, confused and weary politicians from across the political divide.
One thing that all these actors have been running short of addressing headlong is one simple question: where are our taxes going?
As a people, we pay taxes to maintain and run the government which in turn puts our hard-earned sweat and blood into good news namely erecting homes for the homeless, financing infrastructural projects, equipping our hospitals with modern facilities, and above all paying its employees.
When such simple tasks appear overwhelming to a government, serious questions must be asked.
As key shareholders of the government, we must ask why is the JUBILEE Administration running out of cash?
Why haven't the Integrity Commission officials arrested those alleged to have reaped from where they never sowed in the county assemblies?
Why is nobody telling us anything tangible about this nightmare that threatens to tear down our economy?
If the government is serious as far as discharging its core duties and carrying out its mandate on behalf on the electorate that enthusiastically vested on them such massive powers, then it must halt its 'cat and mouse' game as soon as last year, embrace the charging bull by its horns and start walking the talk before it is too late!
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