Thursday June 4, 2020 – Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has rejected the amendments made by MCAs to the Supplementary 2 Budget that is supposed to accommodate funds for Covid19 management.
In a press release, Waiguru criticised MCAs for allocating more money to themselves at the expense of Kirinyaga residents.
The supplementary budget was meant to accommodate Ksh20 million to be used for putting in place mitigation measures against Coronavirus.
She explained that instead of passing the budget, MCAs went ahead to re-allocate Ksh100 million earlier allocated to Kerugoya Hospital Complex and another Ksh30 million which was to be used for in-house roads program and allocated them to ward-based projects.
The Governor noted that the assembly’s amendments were not practical because the funds that were originally factored in the financial year’s budget had been significantly absorbed, therefore reallocation was impractical and illegal
She added that the assembly’s demands to see the balances themselves were just delay tactics which have dealt a big blow to the fight against Covid19 in the county.
“We had presented supplementary 2 budget to accommodate funds to help in the management of Covid-19 but now the MCAs have become a stumbling block by introducing amendments in the budget to allocate more funds to themselves.” read her statement.
Waiguru cautioned them that playing politics with the budget was detrimental to service delivery to the people of Kirinyaga.
Waiguru called on the MCAs to put aside their selfish interests and consider what is beneficial to the residents.
“Even though the county does not currently have Covid-19 cases, delay in passing the budget may put many lives at risk should there be an outbreak of the disease in the county,” she warned.
In the same breath, the Governor termed as unfortunate the extent to which the assembly is going to frustrate the Executive, citing the ongoing threats to impeach some members of the county executive committee.
The MCAs had earlier rejected a Ksh90 million allocation to Waiguru’s mansion.
The Kenyan DAILY POST