The Star (Nairobi)

10 April 2014

Kenya: Taita Taveta Assembly Rejects Sh58 Million Budget

The Taita Taveta assembly has rejected a Sh58 million supplementary budget. Some Sh30 million of the budget were allocated for buying vehicles for county officers.

Speaking to the Star after a special assembly sitting on Monday, Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Arresmus Mwarabu said vehicles are not a priority to the county.

"The county treasury received Sh33.5 million from which Sh30 million was allocated for the purchase of vehicles. Members expressed their concerns that there has been public outcry that the county government has invested a lot on vehicles at the expense of development," Mwarabu said.

The Mwatate ward representative said the county has a lot of vehicles from the now defunct local authorities that should be repaired at a lower cost and used by the county government officers.

"It's prudent that the Sh30 million is saved for development and little money used to repair the vehicles that are not currently in use," he said. The assembly also disapproved Sh16 million that was meant for mobile library services.

"Members rejected a Sh8 million proposal for the mobile library van, Sh3 million for buying 20 motorcycles and Sh5 million for books and other reading materials. Where will the reading materials be stored because not all wards have libraries? We proposed that the money should be divided equally among all the 20 wards so that the public can decide on their priority development projects they want the county government to undertake," Mwarabu said.

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