The Star (Nairobi)

3 July 2014

Kenya: Kisumu Assembly Passes Sh11 Billion Budget

THE Kisumu county assembly has approved a Sh11.3 billion budget for the 2014-15 financial year. Presenting the budget in the assembly yesterday, acting Finance executive George Ongaya said development has been allocated Sh4.4 billion.

Personnel got Sh2.968 billion while operations and maintenance was allocated Sh2.2 billion. The county set aside Sh1.695 billion to offset pending bills prior to devolution. The bulk of the development budget will go to the health docket at Sh2.3 billion while transport and infrastructure will take Sh1.14 billion.

Ongaya said the Health department will buy medical equipment and supplies, and improve the status of facilities in the eight subcounties. He said agriculture, livestock and fisheries will take Sh593 million. Governance and administration got Sh344.6 million and finance and planning Sh586.7 million.

Ongaya said lands, housing and physical planning has been allocated Sh99.2 million while energy and mining got Sh198 million. Another Sh217.8 million was allocated to water, environment and natural resources for waste management and water catchment conservation.

The county assembly has been allocated Sh797.1 million while the development of Kisumu city given Sh2.8 billion. Education, gender, culture and sports got Sh457.4 million with tourism, trade and heritage getting Sh212.95 million.

The money given to the education department will be used mostly in improving the village polytechnics in sub counties and help empower the youth. "The budget making process started with the public giving us their input and the process has been all-inclusive," Ongaya said.

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