Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has rejected amendments by the County Assembly to the Supplementary 2 budget that is supposed to accommodate funds for Covid-19 management.
The Governor said that the back and forth by the MCAs to add more and more to themselves is at the expense of Kirinyaga residents.
She said the stance taken by the ward representatives is unfortunate and will hamper the County’s fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
The supplementary 2 budget was meant to provide a budget of Ksh 20 million which will be used in mitigating effects of corona virus in the County.
Instead of passing the budget, the assembly went ahead to re-allocate Ksh 100 million earlier allocated to Kerugoya Hospital Complex and another Ksh 30 million allocated to fuel used for in-house roads program and allocated them to ward based projects.
Governor Waiguru has said that the assembly’s amendments were not practical since the funds that were originally factored in this financial year’s budget had been significantly absorbed therefore reallocation is impractical and illegal
She said that the assembly’s demand to see the balances themselves were just a delay tactic which has dealt a big blow to the fight against Covid-19 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.” Said the governor adding that playing politics with the budget was detrimental to service delivery to the people of Kirinyaga.
She cited that the reallocation of money from the hospital will hamper the delivery of universal health care to the county residents while the removal of Ksh 30 million for fuel that was supposed to be used in the county roads equipment will also have adverse effect on the ongoing in-house road rehabilitation program.
The Governor has called on the members of the county assembly 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. The Covid-19 budget was supposed to expand the county’s capacity to handle the pandemic by procuring some of the medical and non-medical equipment required as well as expansion of Covid-19 isolation facilities among other interventions.” She said.
At the same time the governor has 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.