KITUI GOVERNOR TO REVISE SH9.8BN BUDGET TO FIGHT POVERTY, BOOST GROWTH

By Allan Tawai,

SUMMARY
• Budget Passed during Malombe’s tenure did not conform to her budget
• Ngilu to seek guidance from Section 108 of the Public Finance Management Act so as to overhaul the budget to support current priorities.
• She opened the second Kitui County Assembly on Tuesday
• She reached out to the assembly to build a united bipartisan front, irrespective of party affiliations to wrestle Kitui from the grasp of poverty.

The Governor for Kitui County Charity Ngilu wants the Sh9.8 billion county budget passed in March this year revamped.

She said budget passed during her predecessor Julius Malombe’s tenure did not follow to her administration’s policies and development agenda.

Ngilu said it has to be reviewed in accordance to Section 108 of the Public Finance Management Act.
The governor spoke on Tuesday when she opened the second Kitui county assembly.
Ngilu reached out to the assembly to build a united bipartisan front, irrespective of party affiliations to wrestle Kitui from the grasp of poverty.

She outlined her five-point agenda for Kitui, part of which she is rolling out with partners.
The Governor used the acronym ‘Musangi’ to refer to the ordinary woman of Kitui, whom she said is the target of her five-year blueprint.

“Hon speaker, you are familiar with the 2017-18 budget which was passed by the last assembly in March 2017, and you will agree with me that it largely does not reflect the needs and priorities that I have just outlined,” Ngilu said.

She said the budget is not in tandem with the needs and aspirations of the ordinary Kitui resident, terming it “a budget for another government, with another vision, in another era”.

Ngilu said she would seek guidance from Section 108 of the Public Finance Management Act so as to overhaul the budget to support current priorities.

“I believe we can formulate a new County Integrated Development Plan that would put us on the path to prosperity and empowerment,” she told Kitui MCAs. “You and I have a special and sacred duty not to disappoint our people. Let us look at this moment as a call to action for all of us to arise and do the best for our county,” she said.

 

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