, NYERI, Kenya, Nov 10 — The Nyeri county assembly on Wednesday approved supplementary budget estimates for the second time after a duration of five months.
Speaking in the chamber, the Budget and Appropriations committee Chairman Duncan Gituanja tabled the document containing the adjustments made in the reviewed budget for the financial year 2016/2017.
Gituanja told the house that they made the alterations after consultations with the office of the County Treasury, the Office of the Controller of Budget and the Department of Infrastructure Development.
The committee made changes for the adjusted recurrent budget estimates by removing purchase of governor’s motor vehicle at Sh13 million due to the to the fact that an assessor’s report on the governor’s vehicle that was involved in an accident was to be provided in order to justify purchase of a new vehicle but it was not availed.
Technical services valued at Sh10 million was removed due to lack of a justification on the nature of these technical services and what value they would add to Nyeri people.
Gituanja who is also the majority leader said they made the alterations since the initial budget did not meet the 30 per cent threshold as required by section 107(2)(b) which requires that over the medium term, a minimum of the county government’s budget be allocated to development projects.
In total, the committee slashed the budget by Sh60,432,342 and allocated Sh7.5 million of the remaining monies to street lighting, Sh25.5 million for renovations and construction of dispensaries, Sh7,682,342 for planning and surveying of colonial villages and Sh18.75 million for irrigation projects.
The assembly now waits on the county government to submit The Appropriation Bill to unlock the budget stalemate that has stalled development in the county.