All senior government officers have been instructed to observe the minimum 40% allocation on development expenditure in their respective ministries starting this financial year. In addition, all ministries have been directed to clear all pending bills at the shortest time possible.

This was communicated to senior government officers during the weekly revenue meeting held at Golf hotel, Kakamega, today.

“It is now a government requirement that the development expenditure should not be below 40% of the total budget in any ministry”, said deputy governor H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima during his address. The deputy governor who chaired today’s session flanked by the CECM for Finance Mr. Geoffrey Omulayi said payment of all outstanding bills should be prioritised to rid the government of any unsettled bills moving into the new financial year.
Prof. Kutima also issued a directive that all government officers who fail to account for imprests given to them within seven days of issuance be surchaged. “We cannot allow a situation where an officer takes a whole month or beyond to surrender government funds after use. Further punitive measures will be taken against officers with such a perpetual trend,” he said.

Mr. Omulayi on his part thanked the national police service for working closely with the county government to ensure the enforcement aspect of revenue collection is well addressed.

In attendance also was the chairperson of the County Public Service Board Catherine Omweno, CECMs, County Secretary and Head of Public Service, Chief Officers led by Amb. James Ochami of the Service Delivery Unit, CEO of the Kakamega Revenue Agency and sub county administrators among others.