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Governor suffers blow as MCAs cut his spending

01 July 2016, 08:19 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Nyeri Governor, Nderitu Gachagua is the major casualty in the KES 6.4 billion 2016/17 Financial Year budget that was passed by the County Assembly Thursday evening.

The Assembly’s Budgetary Allocation committee recommended that the Governor’s domestic travel, subsistence and other transportation costs be reduced from KES 13 million to KES 4.5 million.

His foreign travel was also reduced from KES 10 million to KES 4 million, while printing and advertising budget was reduced from KES 5.1 million to KES 1.6 million.

The committee led by Majority Leader Duncan Gituanja also dwarfed the Governor’s hospitality supplies from KES 3.8 million to KES 1.8 million and his fuel costs from KES 5 million to KES 1 million.

Further, the Ward Reps voted to reduce the Governor’s office furniture and other equipment budget from KES 10 million to nil while operational expenses were reduced from KES 25 million to KES 500,000.

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While tabling the budget, the majority leader said the budget was ‘mwanachi oriented’ since there was no malice while collecting public views.

“The MCAs must ensure the budget is implemented as it is to benefit the public. It is beneficial to Nyeri residents,” said Gituanja.

On the hand, Special groups were the major winners after the lawmakers agreed that KES 100 million be allocated to the youth, women and persons living with disabilities.

Nominated MCA representing the youth, Salma Uledi said the executive was letting down the special groups in the previous budgets which she said was never implemented.

The session was attended by 35 MCAs and the acting Finance CEC, Charles Githinji.

Gituanja said in last year’s budget, the Health department got the highest allocation followed department of public service while the lowest spenders were Education and Trade departments.

- MyNews24

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