The Star (Nairobi)

20 June 2014

Kenya: Sakwa Locals Raise Concern Over Budget

RESIDENTS of Central Sakwa ward, Bondo subcounty, have faulted the Siaya county assembly Committee on Budgeting and Appropriation for not considering environmental and fishing issues in the 2014-15 financial year.

They said that there is need for proper fund allocation for lake and environmental conservation. The residents said the county should focus on the beaches of Lake Victoria since they may be major sources of revenue generation.

They were speaking during a public hearing on the county budget at Nango Market Centre in Central Sakwa yesterday. The residents said the region is always being hit by drought due to environmental degradation.

They welcomed the county proposed budget but asked the committee led by chairman Jack Odinga to review the estimates by focusing on both environmental conservation and fishing industries.

The residents said depletion of fish in the lake has contributed to economic hardship among the fishing community in Siaya county and a lot of resources are needed to revamp the industry.

They asked their ward representative Johaness Odongo to ensure their complaints are forwarded to the assembly for further discussion before the budget is adopted.

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