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Nakuru MCA to spend millions on a trip

15 July 2013, 18:23 Steve Wambugu

Nakuru County Assembly Members will spend a whooping KES 12million for their one week trip to Kampala.

The National Assembly members have castigated the lavish spending in various counties and has vowed to reduce the powers of the governors who have been on the spotlight of setting themselves as demigods.

The trip attended by Nakuru County Speaker Susan Kihika, Leader of Majority George Mwaura, 55 members of the county assembly, 17 nominated members of the county assembly, and other chamber officers departed from Nakuru on Sunday Morning with three buses to Kampala.

KES 167 000 trip allowances

According to a reliable source from the Governor’s office who sought anonymity, the 70 members who are on the trip will pocket KES 167 000 for a week in the form of allowances while the tree buses were hired at a cost of KES 150 000 each.

In the 2013-2014 County budget, KES 144 million was allocated for the purchase of vehicles and another KES 40 million for the construction of
Governor Kinuthia Mbugua’s official residence.

Some KES 2 billion has also been set aside for the payment of salaries and allowances for employees and KES 408 million to cater for travelling in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

“The move comes barely a week after the Governor revoked the names of the members he had sworn illegally and he is now covering up some under-hands deals on procurement of contracts received from his cronies,” He said.

Learn how to transact business

The trip, according to the Speaker Susan Kihika, is aimed at equipping the leaders with skills on devolution from their colleagues in Kampala so as to ease their mode of transacting business in the chambers.

“We are heading to Kampala with the whole house and other leaders for a trip that will equip us on the knowhow and knowledge in matters of devolution and we will be coming back during midweek,” Kihika said during a phone interview.

The county governments across the country are yet to receive their funds from central government and members of the public and leaders have questioned the huge expenses they are exposed to spend on lavish trips.

Nakuru County expects to receive KES 6.9 billion from the national government while 1.4 billion will be generated from local revenue.

However, the budget has a deficit of KES 0.9 billion expected to be collected from permits, advertisements and parking fees.

The source of funding for the trip is said to be Kinuthia Mbugua’s office in disguise to create the rapport between his office and MCAs whose
relationship had earlier deteriorated after swearing in rejected members of Executive, Public Service board and County Secretary.

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