26 June 2014

Kenya: Kisumu May Return Funds to Treasury

MORE than Sh200 million may be returned to the Treasury after Kisumu county agricultural offices failed to spend the funds in the 2013- 14 financial year. Investigation established that most of the vehicles in the affected field stations had been budgeted for Sh1 million recurrent and Sh2 million was for development.

The affected subcounty offices are Nyakach, Nyando, Kisumu East, Kisumu West, Kisumu Central, Seme and Muhoroni. It emerged that procurement procedures reportedly marred with disagreement among the officers concerned resulted to the money not being used. Sources yesterday said the Sh200 million was released from the National Treasury to the counties. However, the funds did not reach the subcounties for the intended programmes.

Respective subcounty deputy directors of agriculture, who sought for anonymity, said their activities have stalled for six months. "With only five days to the end of this financial year there are concerns that the money may be returned," one of the officers said. They said there was discontent among the subcounty agricultural offices and the county government making them unable to access the funds. Kisumu Agriculture executive Stephen Orot said he could not comment on issues of expenditure. "I am not in a better position to comment on the issue.

The right person to answer that is the county executive for Finance," he told the Star. Finance executive George Ongaya was unavailable for comment yesterday. President Uhuru recently asked all ministries to ensure they spend all the money as there will no longer be supplementary budgets. Nyalenda A MCA Jacktone Onunga however told the Star on the phone that no funds will be returned to the National Treasury and if any is taken back, it will be minimal. He said they will consult the county government on how best to tackle the stalemate. Onunga said the matter should be handled urgently to ensure all the funds are spent appropriately.


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