By Roncliffe Odit.
Garissa County Assembly has finally passed its 2016/2017 budget estimates nearly four months after it was rejected.
Garissa County Assembly members made the move after the county treasury met all required preconditions and addressed issues that had been raised when the motion was initially rejected.
The 2016/2017 budget estimates amount to 17 billion Kenyan shillings.
In June this year the County Government of Garissa had suffered a major blow when the MCAs rejected the budget estimates citing several loopholes in the Bill.
At that time their key concern was the failure by treasury to consider several factors clearly stipulated in the Public Finance Management Act of 2012, among them the estimates ceilings and the targeted programmes.
The estimates approved by the County Assembly on Thursday have also taken into account women empowerment as well as supporting the girl child.
The delayed passage of the budget had hindered several projects in the county, with contractors being the hardest hit.
The County’s leader of majority Ibrahim Abdi and his minority counterpart have now petitioned the executive to ensure speedy payments of the affected contractors and other service providers to ensure smooth operations in the County.