Senior Kakamega County Government officers Tuesday concluded a consultative meeting convened by the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and ICT to review the Draft County Annual Development Plan (CADP) for the Financial Year 2022-2023 before its presentation to the County Assembly, September 1st.
Kakamega Governor H.E Hon. DR. FCPA Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya who chaired the sessions pointed out the significance of the meeting saying that as required by law, the County must undertake all the procedures in the Budget making process. The CADP, Governor Oparanya noted, is a time bound document that has to be submitted to the County Assembly by 1st September.
“As we approach the homestretch of this administration, we have to ensure we leave behind a functional system for our successors; follow the required control measures to address any weaknesses arising within the Government,” the Governor advised.
Dr. Oparanya who recently officiated the launch of Sub-County Treasuries, decentralizing financial services to the Sub-Counties, instructed all the officers to make use of existing County Government structures that are entrenched upto the community level to provide quality services to residents as envisioned by him and outlined in his Manifesto.
The establishment of a Health Fund, which was also recently commissioned, the Governor observed, stipulates that health facilities across the County will be given back the funds collected from them as revenue to enhance provision of healthcare to the people. This, he added, will stimulate both infrastructural and human resource development in the facilities and enhance service delivery in the sector.
“Service delivery through prudent utilization of resources should be our main objectives as public servants,” he directed calling for a change of attitude from all the County staff.
The Governor used the platform to advise the officers against awarding contracts to individuals who lack capacity saying that that has really hindered projects completion in the County.
Governor Oparanya’s deputy, H.E Prof. Philip Museve Kutima on his part termed the 2022-23 ADP an important document that should provide a seamless handover to the incoming system after the 2022 general elections.
Another notable proposal by the document is incorporation of the Resource Mobilization Strategy into the ADP to strengthen Private-Public partnership, to curb the revenue deficit and supplement the Exchequer allocation.
The meeting was also attended by Chairperson County Public Service Board Madam Catherine Omweno, CECMs, County Secretary and Head of Public Service Madam Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo and her deputy Mr. Joshua Kutekha, Chief Officers, CEOs of County Agencies, County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF) members led by the Secretary Rev. William Ouya and other senior Government officers.