29 June 2013

Kenya: Mutua Beats Budget Deadline in Machakos

Machakos governor Alfred Mutua assented to the budget Appropriations Act yesterday making the county the first to approve and complete its budget ahead of the June 30 deadline.

The Sh8.1 billion budget is divided equally between recurrent and development expenditure with emphasis on infrastructure development including water.

"Water will gobble Sh700 million while roads has been allocated Sh1.214 billion," Mutua said. Flanked by his minister for finance Elizabeth Nzioka and Nairobi senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Mutua said other transport equipment will be allocated Sh140 million.

He added that after factoring in the transfers from the national government and the targeted revenue, there is a deficit of Sh1 billion which he intends to borrow from the domestic market.

The national government has allocated the county Sh4.9 billion and the county has projected revenue from domestic sources at Sh2.1 billion.

The county will also undertake incentives from both local and international investors to enhance growth and development. Mutua said in order to provide emergency rescue services,he plans to rehabilitate at least six airstrips within the county and build a new three kilometer runway that can land a commercial aircraft in the county.

Senator Mbuvi hailed Mutua for his achievements and urged other counties to emulate Machakos which he said had set the pace in devolution.

"Let all governors work with president Uhuru and make their counties prosper, they should put aside their political differences for the sake of national development," Mbuvi said.

He added that he was impressed by Nairobi governor, Evans Kidero saying he had also put aside party affiliation to work with the president and steer the city to prosperity.

The budget was passed by the county assembly on Tuesday after two weeks of discussion and will be published on the Kenya Gazette on June 30 as per the law.

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