The County Government of Siaya will in the financial year 2021/2022 spend a total of KShs. 8.1 billion to implement it’s programs.
According to Mr. Jared Odero Abwao of the Siaya Budget Directorate, the allocation comprises of an equitable share of KShs. 6.9 billion, targeted own source revenue of KShs. 445.45 million and grants worth KShs. 693 million
“On 19th April 2021, the Siaya County Treasury organized a workshop with 10 departments to prepare the annual draft budget estimates worth KShs. 8.1 billion that will be tabled before the County cabinet for discussions and approval,” said Abwao.
Abwao made the remarks on Monday during the opening session of the six days workshop meant to prepare departmental draft Zero Strategic Plans for 2021-2024.
The approved copy of the budgets will be submitted to the Siaya County Assembly by County Executive In-charge of Finance & Economic Planning Mr. Cleophas Ombogo.
“The compiled budget estimates are developed following the National budget policy statement,” said Abwao. Of the resource envelope of KShs. 8.1 billion, KShs. 5 billion will sort out recurrent expenditures while KShs. 3 billion will execute development programs.
A huge part of the budget will go towards completion and operationalization of County projects including equipping dispensaries, ECD classes among other facilities in a bid to make them operational before the end of the current administration’s tenure.
“The County Government of Siaya has a policy that restrict the execution of any new projects in the next financial year unless stalled projects initiated since 2013 gets completed and equipped,” said Abwao.
He added that all stalled projects country-wide have been mapped out and resource deficits captured. These are the projects that will be given priority in this financial year.
Earlier in the year, County Budget Secretariat went round the wards to get lists of stalled projects from the members of the public during public participation forums. The public identified non-operational dispensaries and ECD classes that required equipping. Most of them lauded Rasanga’s administration for establishing many dispensaries which would reduce costs of travelling in seeking healthcare but regretted the inability to get services yet because of lack of personnel and equipment.