HEALTH PROJECT

Kiraitu's Sh400 million Meru care 'not viable', denied funds

MCAs slashed the funds when they tabled estimates for a supplementary budget

In Summary

• MCAs to debate supplementary budget after making amendments to Sh10 billion budget passed in July. 

• In the proposed supplementary budget, Sh7.2 billion will be used for recurrent expenditure and Sh3.3 billion for development projects. 

Meru county assembly when they tabled a Supplementary Budget Appropriation bill on November 5C
AMENDMENTS TO BUDGET: Meru county assembly when they tabled a Supplementary Budget Appropriation bill on November 5C
Image: DENNIS DIBONDO

Meru county assembly on Tuesday tabled a supplementary Appropriation bill of Sh10.2 billion for 2019-20. 

Budget and Appropriation committee chairman Julius Mbijiwe (Mwanganthia) said the supplementary budget comes as a result of some amendments made to the Sh10 billion budget passed in July. 

The members slashed Sh400 million from Meru Care, a health project that was to be initiated by Governor Kiraitu Murungi, saying it was not viable. 

Mbijiwe spoke on Wednesday. 

"The project which had been initiated in other counties like Makueni had stalled," Mbijiwe said. 

He said casual workers and contractors who have not been paid for months will now receive their pay. 

Some Sh7.2 billion will be used for recurrent expenditure and Sh3.3 billion for development projects.

The county's Sh993 million pending bills have not been catered for since the budget did not allocate money for them but that has been addressed in the appropriation bill, the MCA said. 

Healthcare had the lion's share of the budget at Sh3.7 billion followed by Education at Sh1 billion. The assembly at Sh955 million and Roads got Sh872 million. 

Last year's revenue collections totalled Sh518 million against a target of Sh1.1 billion.  

House committee noted a low turnout during public participation forums in all 11 subcounties. 

Edited by R.Wamochie