The Star (Nairobi)

8 March 2014

Kenya: Kwale Plans Sh36.2 Billion Projects

The county government of Kwale is planning to spend Sh 36.2 billion for a period of five years. Development projects according to the county government will use Sh45 per cent of the money while 55 of the money will be used for salaries among other things to run the county government.

Kwale county finance executive officer Bakari Sebe assured residents that county projects will be implemented as planned according to the law governing every process. He was speaking at Matuga School of government during a county integrated development five years plan public forum.

Sebe said that the county government has a lot of avenues to collect funds adding that if such avenues are exploited then the county will not need to borrow from anywhere to run its activities.

The county integrated development plan according to Sebe include 9 sectors with transport and infrastructure sector getting more allocation of Sh8.1 billion and Sh122 million for security sector for a period of five years.

Civil society groups said there is need for the county government to sensitize locals the important of attending such meetings.

The meeting was poorly attended by locals although assembly committee chair on budget and appropriation Rashid Fweda insisted that they informed locals to attend through the media.

According to the civil society groups the attendance was poor comparing the matter which was to be discussed affected the entire Kwale residents.

The groups said that the plan has touched all sectors although they want youths and women to be considered as well.

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