KISUMU Governor Jack Ranguma has blamed the Transitional Authority over the rejection of the county budget. Ranguma said the budget deficit was due to the Transitional Authority's influence.
"We have a greater opportunity to fine tune our budget because the other one was in line with the Transitional Authority's analysis," Ranguma said.
He said they will spend the two-week time frame given by the budget controller Agnes Odhiambo to review the budget. County governments have two weeks to fix their budgets or miss out on the Sh210 billion allocated to them by the National Treasury.
Delays to access the funds could disrupt services in counties, particularly since they now have additional functions to discharge.
Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo advised county governments to expunge wasteful allocations in their budgets, including hefty perks for governors and members of county assemblies.
Kisumu County had the fourth highest deficit in the whole country after Mombasa, Vihiga and Nyamira. Figures released by the Commission on Revenue Allocation reveal that Kisumu County had a deficit of Sh 2.2 billion.
Ranguma however, exuded confidence they will meet the two Weeks deadline to streamline the County's budget. He was speaking at the Jomo Kenyatta sports ground over the Weekend during the Kisumu Ignite festivals for the youth.
The Governor assured the youths in County that he is in the forefront to ensure their talent is well marketed within and outside the county.
He promised to work with likeminded individuals to see that the youths get funds which will enable them build an entrepreneurship empire through young talent.
The event dubbed 'I am a city changer' is a community engagement project that is organized, planned and implemented by youths in order to address the residents on the need to secure a safe city and offer economic alternative for the young people
The initiative was as a result of realization that most youths engage themselves in criminal activities due to idleness thus the need to engage them in development issues that lead to income generation.
Ranguma said the programme is also in line with vision 2030 whose goal is to modernize the city to be a world class city.
Kisumu County Director of youth affairs Timothy Kajwang' said they are seeking to build partnership with the government and communities to promote a safer environment through arts and culture.
He said they want to campaign to mobilize the residents on waste problem which can be recycled and put them into commercial gain.
"The event will be a permanent annual event that will provide a platform that will feature arts, dance, music and craft exhibitions to engage the city in dialogue on the role of stakeholders and best practices from within the county," Kajwang' said.