In Summary
  • The committee wanted the Budget to be pegged at Sh32 billion, arguing that the local revenue raised by the county was only Sh8.2 billion.
  • The move came just two days to the deadline for county assemblies to submit their budget estimates to the exchequer.
  • The Public Health department will get the largest share at Sh6.3 billion or 27 per cent of the allocation.

Nairobi MCAs have passed the county’s 2018/2019 Budget estimates despite an earlier call for it to be slashed by Sh2 billion.

The reading of the estimates, which was scheduled for Thursday last week, was postponed to this week after members of the Budget committee gave the Finance Executive Charles Kerich, more time to realign the figures which members felt were not realistic.

The committee wanted the Budget to be pegged at Sh32 billion, arguing that the local revenue raised by the county was only Sh8.2 billion, against a target of Sh17 billion.

LOCAL REVENUE

According to the MCAs, this made local revenue collection projections unrealistic and unachievable.

But on Wednesday evening, the MCAs approved the Sh34.2 billion budget which was tabled by the committee’s chairperson Mr Robert Mbatia.

The move came just two days to the deadline for county assemblies to submit their budget estimates to the exchequer.

Under the current budget, recurrent expenditure will get the lion’s share at Sh23.3 billion while Sh10.8 billion has been set aside for development, representing 32 per cent of the over-all budget.

Interestingly, despite the perennial water problems in the capital, the county allocated only Sh13 million for water resources management while liquor licensing and regulation was given Sh204 million.

HEALTH

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