The Star (Nairobi)

25 July 2014

Kenya: Locals Should Help Make Budget, Says Lobby

HOMA Bay county residents have called for better public participation in budget making.

Homa Bay Bunge la Wenye Nchi civil society on Wednesday said the executives "rubber-stamped" the exercise.

Coordinator Henry Okano said more allocation should have been directed to agriculture and tourism.

The Controller of the Budget rejected the county's Sh5.3 billion, which was passed by the county assembly.

"Crucial departments that help residents, especially the young people, had low allocations," said Bunge la Wananchi speaker Walter Opiyo.

In the budget, Sh1.7 billion was set aside for development.

Central Karachuonyo ward representative Julius Gaya, a member of the Budget and Appropriation Committee said the public was actively involved in making the budget.

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