The Star (Nairobi)

7 May 2013

Kenya: Kajiado County Unveils Sh4.3 Billion Budget

THE KAJIADO county government, that was recently pronounced the richest in Kenya, has unveiled its 2013-14 budget of Sh4.3 billion.

The budget components handed over to the chairman of the county assembly budget and appropriation committee by the principal finance officer, Esther Ndegwa, proposes that the county revenue receipts will provide Sh420,298,990 while the national government will provide Sh3, 925,736,420.

The estimates apportioned Sh954,995,914 for salaries for state officers, county staff and personnel to be hired. Ndegwa gave transport 40 per cent of the development budget expenses, which translated to Sh474,700, 000. She said the money will go into graveling of feeder roads that were damaged by flood waters.

The environment and natural resources was given 20 per cent that amounts to Sh1.2 billion. Other areas that received money for development are; education, health, culture and social services, agriculture, finance and economic planning and trade development and regulation.

While presenting the estimates in Kajiado yesterday, Ndegwa said allocation for the development expenditure should be 30 per cent of the overall county budget.

The county government recurrent expenditure shall not exceed the county government's total revenue. Kajiado County Assembly, last week, picked its budget oversight committee amid a tag of war in some areas over priority issues.

According to Kajiado county assembly speaker Johnson Osoi, those picked to oversee the government budget at the county level are chairman Henry Kimiti and members; James Nina, John Matinda, Paul Supet and Joseph Mutunkei.

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