Kajiado County govt to adopt austerity measures

Written By: Brian Itava
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Kajiado county government is moving in earnest to adopt austerity measures in government operations in a bid to save the resources generated by the devolved unit.

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Kajiado Governor Joseph Lenku has banned County officials retreat and meetings in exotic hotels which cost the county government millions of shillings in allowances annually.

Regular county officers in Kajiado County are said to use fuel guzzlers as their means of transport to meetings in exotic hotels.

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This and other expensive trends have seen the expenditure of the county ballooning much to the chagrin of the electorate county administration.

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To set an example Governor Joseph Ole Lenku, his cabinet and chief officers into a camping site in Loitoktok for a five-day meeting.

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The group travelled by bus and is sharing living space and amenities in addition to cleaning the space.

Ole Lenku says the move has seen them significantly save resources on what would have been an expensive undertaking.

Apart from the governor, his deputy, CECs and Cos, other officers who usually accompany their bosses remained back in the office.

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In the current financial year, the county has a revenue target of two billion shillings which the Governor says will go a long way in improving service delivery.

From the austerity measures, Ole Lenku expects county government expenses to reduce by 10 % annually.

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