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Elgeyo Marakwet Budget Impasse Persists, Uasin Gishu Budget Sails Through
August 6, 2019
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Even as Uasin Gishu County was passing its Sh 8.5billion budget, Elgeyo Marakwet County remains stuck in a power struggle between the MCAs and the County Governer Alex Tolgos.
Uasin Gishu’s ward representatives were however putting the county administration to task over its failure to absorb Sh 2.9 billion allocated to it in the previous financial year.
Uasin Gishu County budget committee chairman Jonathan Ng’etich led the move to pass the budget which was tabled by Julius Ruto, the Finance Executive.
Ng’etich saidi that the County had denied the residents vital services by failing to absorb the Sh 2.9 billion. Ward representatives say that there are many stalled projects in the county.
According to the new budget, every ward gets a development budget of Sh43 million, unlike in the past, where funds were allocated on need basis.
Edwin Bett received the greenlight from the County Assembly to be the new County Secretary. He replaces Peter Lelei, who is now a member of the County Council of Governors.
County officials have struggled to adhere to the stringent procurement rules, which has resulted in the large amount of money remaining unspent. The treasury has not been releasing funds to the Counties on time, compounding the problem.
MCAs from Elgeyo Marakwet have rejected the Appropriations Bill for the second time, which has led to a stalemate. Governor Tolgos and Senator Kipchumba Murkomen were both declaring the situation a crisis.
Because of the Sh 200milion deficit, the administration wants the County Assembly among other departments to take a budget cuts. This led to MCAs rejecting the bill.
Tolgos wants the Senate, as well as the Controller of Budget and the Revenue Allocation to intervene.