Governor accuses MCAs of frustrating Covid 19 preparedness

Written By: Hunja Macharia
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Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru has dismissed claims of a Ksh 90m allocation towards the Governor’s residence and furniture in the County’s supplementary budget.

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The Governor has further accused County Assembly Majority Leader James Kamau of spreading propaganda in an attempt to paint the County Government’s leadership in bad light.

“It is very unfortunate that the Majority Leader who is supposed to advance the County government’s agenda in the County Assembly is the one working with other people to spread such propaganda.” She said.

According to the Governor, the County Government in February submitted a supplementary budget 1 of year 2019/20 which was done to factor in budget cuts by the National Government.

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The Governor argues that following the outbreak of Covid-19 in the Country, it became imperative that a second supplementary budget be done to provide for Ksh 20 million to enable the County Government to put in place preventive measures against the virus in the county.

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Waiguru said this was necessary because the Ksh 4 million emergency funds in the budget at the time was not sufficient.

The Ksh 20 million was to go towards the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for the County’s health workers, ventilators and medicine all aimed at mitigating the spread of the COVID19.

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After submitting the Supplementary Budget 2 to the County Assembly on 30th of April, the MCA instead of passing it took advantage of the opportunity to alter other budget lines over and above what was allocated for Covid-19.

The Governor says the MCAs reallocated Ksh 100 million from construction of Kerugoya Medical Complex and Ksh 30 million from fuel for roads construction program to ward projects.

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“The reallocation is both illegal and impractical considering that the amounts have been significantly spent on the said projects now that we are already at the end of the financial year.” She said.

The Governor says the delay in passing the supplementary budget aimed at management of Covid-19 is putting many lives at risk should there be an outbreak of Covid-19 in the County.

She says it is unfortunate that MCAs have decided to politic with sensitive matters of health instead of working with the County Government to enhance the safety of the residents.

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