By Ndungu Gachane
Muranga County Assembly has approved Sh8.7 billion budget.
In the budget estimates tabled at the floor of the house by Ithiru Ward MCA Kibe Wa Sally who heads the budget committee, Sh5.6 billion has been set aside for recurrent expenditure (salaries), while Sh3 billion for development programmes
The proposed Cancer Centre has been allocated Sh200 million, while Intensive Care Unit (ICU) got Sh20 million and Murang’a county creameries got Sh150million to establish a second milk processing line and the animal feeds being awarded Sh10 million.
Water Department received Sh257 million to enable increased connections and sinking more boreholes.
According to the budget proposals seen by Kkonline.news.co.ke health department got the lions share of Sh1 billion with the construction of Kirwara and Kandara hospitals being awarded Sh60 million.
Education and Technical Training got Sh160 million to enable the department of Early Childhood Development to facilitate the construction of classes and learning materials.
Of important to note, the County Assembly of Muranga got Sh835 million where the construction of a speakers house under the vote head of Assembly Civil Works has been allocated Sh10 million.
An additional Sh10 million has been allocated for the construction of a perimeter wall while Sh20 million has been set aside for the refurbishment of the Assembly roof and the overhaul of roofing, ceiling and subdivision of old chambers.
The Kibe Wa Sally led committee however faulted the County Executive Member for Finance for failing to submit to the Assembly a memorandum explaining how resolutions adopted by the Assembly on the budget estimates have been taken into account.
They also noted that members of public did not participate fully on the budget making process.
After tabling the budget, the chairperson noted that there was a decrease of local revenue collection.
“There has been a decrease of local revenue collection, in the first quarter of 2019/2020 the County Treasury collected Sh149.6 million against the annual revenue target of Sh960 million,” he said.
Supporting the motion nominated MCA Diana Muthoni the vice chair of the committee, said there was need for prudent use of public resources to uplift the livelihood of the residents in Murang’a.
“ In the budget Sh100 million allocated for coffee revival programme should be explained ” she said.
Kimorori MCA Amos Murigi said accused county land department of failing to come up with effective policies that would force those owing huge tracts of land pay more.
“ We have Delmonte and Kakuzi companies which pay low rates to the county government. There is need for valuation roll to force them pay better,” said Murigi.