GOVERNOR OPARANYA’S WORDS OF WISDOM AS PUBLIC OFFICIALS ARE ADVISED TO STRICTLY ADHERE TO PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT ACT

Work well and consistently. Work hard but within your capacity to
deliver quality services to the public. These were the words of Governor
Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya Wednesday morning when he officially opened a
three-day workshop for senior Kakamega County officials to finalize the
2019/2020 supplementary budget.

“It is imperative for us to put
in place corruption preventive measures as we prepare budgetary
proposals because these resources have been entrusted to us by the
citizens,” he said adding that due attention should be paid to
corruption prone sectors at the two levels of government including
health services, agriculture and County Public Service Board.

However, governor Oparanya who is also the chair of Council of Governors
said Kakamega had a good name nationally which must be safeguarded.

“Cut down wastage particularly in printing of common user items and
embrace the cashless system because the world has moved away from doing
huge cash transactions,” he said. Common user items will now be printed
centrally by the department of Public Service and Administration, said
the County boss.

Governor Oparanya warned staff against delaying
payments to suppliers with intentions of soliciting kick backs, saying
everything must be done above board.
“This is a public institution,
not private. Whatever we do is subject to public scrutiny even through
the court process,” he said.

The governor who was accompanied by
deputy governor H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima and the CEC Member for
Finance and Planning, Mr. Geoffrey Omulayi told CECs, Chief Officers,
accountants, planners and heads of departments emphasized that budget
planning and execution must be compliant with Public Finance Management
Act and related rules and regulations, and in line with County
Integrated Development Plan, Annual Development Plans and the national
Vision 2030.

“Develop budgets as provided for under the law, show
itemised expenditure as it appears in the budget and ensure high
absorption levels,” the governor said.

He then took time to map
out all the important controls along the way right from project
initiation/design to implementation and commissioning, pointing out the
need for approvals and close monitoring by CECs and chief officers at
departmental meetings level, the Cabinet, the department of Finance and
Planning, Procurement and IFMIS system controls.

Finally, the
governor made a strong parting shot on timely accounting for imprests
and emphasis on the need for all concerned to ensure adherence to
Finance department’s template to ensure that all departments are
compliant with Public procurement rules and regulations.
“The process must never be circumvented by anybody,” he warned.

Also present were the chairperson of the County Public Service Board,
Madam Catherine Omweno, the deputy chair, Mr. John Subai, County
Secretary and Head of Public Service, the deputy CS, the County
Attorney, the CEOs of County Agencies and advisers.