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Vihiga County Reps rush to trim their budget

27 August 2013, 11:38 Dareel Eric

County reps from the Vihiga County Assembly are meeting in Kisumu as they try to trim down the County’s budget deficit.

Disclosing the information, Chavakali ward member of county assembly Stephen Mugalitsi said that the move was deemed necessary so that they do not stall the county’s activities.

“The move is necessary because if we don’t cut down on the budget allocations in the county, we may end up running out of resources before the financial year ends,” said Mugalitsi.

Mugalitsi noted that the people at the grassroots level are very expectant of change and development being brought nearer to them, and if the county will not meet this, then it will have failed its people.

“We cannot look back and stall the activities of the whole county just because of a few things that will satisfy the ego of a few to the detriment of many,” he said.    

The Vihiga County budget had a deficit of KES 2.9 billion having been allocated only KES 3.1 Billion by the Treasury on its KES 6.2 Billion budgetary projections.

The county assembly had allocated itself close to KES 1.2 Billion in the initial budget which according to Mugalitsi had a lot of luxuries which they can do away with for the time being.

“We want to concentrate on service delivery to the people of Vihiga first before we can go into other things like acquiring spacious land for the new buildings for the county assembly,” he said.

Affirming the sentiments the Vice Chairperson of the Budget and Appropriations Committee in the county David Ogova, the Sabatia West Ward rep, said that they are working on modalities to cut costs on buying land, and the construction of county assembly.  

“Definitely, we can do away with some things which will be set up for the next financial year, when the county has taken off appropriately,” he said.

Ogova said that most of the items that they had allocated for the county assembly to purchase will have to be done away with.  

The county reps however expressed their confidence that the governor Moses Akaranga will woo investors to the county who will help in facilitating some of the projects.

“The projects that had been proposed in the budget cannot all be scraped off, as then we will not feel the pinch of devolution in the long run. We are confident that the governor will woo investors to the county,” said Ogova.

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