In Summary
  • Nakuru spent less than 10 per cent of its annual development budget in the first nine months of 2018-2019 fiscal year.
  • The shocking statistics by the Controller of Budget Office revealed that Nakuru spent Sh751.5million of its development budget of Sh8 billion.

Despite being rated poorly in development spending, Nakuru County Assembly has adopted a Sh21.3 billion budget for the 2019/2020 financial year.

Interestingly, the development expenditure has been allocated Sh10.5 billion, 49 per cent of the total budget.

The devolved unit spent less than 10 per cent of its annual development budget in the first nine months of 2018-2019 fiscal year.

The shocking statistics by the Controller of Budget Office revealed that Nakuru spent Sh751.5million of its development budget of Sh8 billion.

This poor rating slowed down economic development in a county that has an increasing population of unemployed youth.

Since the advent of devolution, the county wage bill has skyrocketed to Sh6.1 billion, nearly 30 per cent of the total budget.

 NEW PROJECTS

The recurrent expenditure which has caused delays in commissioning of new projects across the county will gobble Sh4.6 billion which translates to 22 per cent of the total budget this financial year.

The delayed estimates were read in the House on Tuesday by the Budget and Appropriation Committee Chairperson Joel Karuri Maina.

The 55 elected ward representatives were among the biggest winners in this year’s budget estimates. Their ward allocation of Sh1.5 billion has been factored in the budget.

Nakuru County Assembly

Kihingo Ward Rep George Kiere Machoka contributes in the House on July 23, 2019. Nakuru County Assembly has adopted a Sh21.3billion budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI |NATION MEDIA GROUP

This is in compliance with the Nakuru County Revenue Allocation Act which was signed into law by Governor Lee Kinyanjui last year.

The budget indicates that the county pending bill due to suppliers and creditors stands at Sh2 billion as at December 31, 2019.

However, it remains to be seen how the county will handle this controversial bill after the Auditor Genera special audit revealed that Nakuru County pending bills worth Sh2.08 billion are fake and that the actual figure is Sh420 million from the Sh2.37 billion contained in the Office of Controller of Budget.

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