Kakamega County’s Executive and the Legislative arms of Government Friday reviewed the second supplementary budget estimates for the Financial Year 2020/21 paving way for further engagements between CEC Members of respective Departments and the Legislative Committees before the document can be submitted for approval by the Assembly.
Speaking during the consultative forum involving members of the Budget and Appropriation Committee, Chairpersons of County Assembly Committees and the Finance Department, the County Executive Member for Finance, Planning and ICT Dr. Beatrice Sabana said the forum provides a perfect chance for the two organs to critique the County’s treasury document before its final presentation to the Honourable House for deliberations and possible adoption.
“The Honourable Members will also have another opportunity, as stipulated by law, to interrogate Officers from the respective Departments to ensure we have a comprehensive, watertight County Finance document to facilitate services in the County effectively this financial year,” she said.
Dr. Sabana noted that the dwindling own source revenue collection due to Covid-19 pandemic has ocassioned to revision of the County’s annual collection target from Sh2.1 billion to Sh1.6 billion immensely affecting service delivery and implementation of key Government projects. This, she added, has led to the unfortunate scaling down of some programs and projects by Sh400 million.
The Chair Budget and Appropriation Committee Hon. Willis Opuka exuded confidence that the document will meet the expectations of both the Executive and the Assembly during its final submission to the County Assembly.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Speaker Hon. Leonard Kasaya, Finance Chief Officer CPA Amb. James Ochami, Chief Revenue Administration for Kakamega County Revenue Agency (KCRA) Madam Beatrice Memo, Head of Budget CPA David Musafiri Kulova, Ag. Director of Planning Mr. Dan Borter and the Deputy Head of Revenue Mr. Philip Kutswa among other Officers.