In Summary

  • The 47 assemblies spent a combined Sh638.2 million in sitting allowances for Members of the County Assembly in three months.
  • Trans Nzoia went over the limit by Sh46,600 per MCA to hit an average of Sh171,400, Homa Bay Sh159,117, Busia Sh135,899 and Siaya Sh129,437.
  • MCAs have been on the spot for overdrawing allowances — paid for attending plenary sessions and committee meetings, mileage and monthly allowance.
  • Assemblies and the Executives of the 47 counties gobbled up Sh2.78 billion between July and September 2016.

Trans Nzoia, Homa Bay, Busia and Siaya county assemblies burst their annual budgets for sitting allowances in a continuing spree of unlawful expenditure in the regional Houses.

The 47 assemblies spent a combined Sh638.2 million in sitting allowances for Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) in three months, a report by the Controller of Budget shows.

The four counties were singled out for bursting the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) ceiling of Sh124,800 per MCA for sitting allowance, even as all the other assemblies spent a huge chunk of their budgets.

Trans Nzoia went over the limit by Sh46,600 per MCA to hit an average of Sh171,400, Homa Bay Sh159,117, Busia Sh135,899 and Siaya Sh129,437.

“During the reporting period, County Assemblies spent Sh638.32 million on MCA sitting allowances against an approved budget of Sh3.34 billion,” says the first quarter report of the 2016/17 financial year obtained by the Nation.

OVERDRAWING ALLOWANCES

The amount spent is 19.2 per cent of the total annual approved budget, an increase from 17.4 per cent in a similar period of the 2015/16 Financial Year.

MCAs have consistently been on the spot for overdrawing allowances — paid for attending plenary sessions and committee meetings, mileage and monthly allowance.

Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo said MCAs’ sitting allowances had a budget of Sh3.34 billion in 2016/17, up from Sh3.31 billion the previous year.

The counties also spent an average of Sh30 million daily in domestic and foreign travel in the first three months of 2016/17, the report shows.

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