Monday, 10 January 2022 13:19

STOP REDUCING THE RECURRENT EXPENDITURE BUDGET, COG TELLS CRA

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Governors have raised concerns on the reduction of the recurrent expenditure budget from over Ksh 62 billion (62, 364, 247, 754) in the last financial year, FY 2021/22 to Ksh 61, 965,331, 620 for the financial year 2022/23 by the Commission on Revenue Allocation.
The Council of Governors deliberated on the matter and others including Managed Equipment Service (MES) project, upgrade of maternity and newborn facilities, and establishment of Level 3A hospitals by the Ministry of Health in a full council meeting held on December 20.
According to CoG’s Finance and Economic Planning Committee Chairperson, H.E. Ndiritu Muriithi, the Commission has been making blanket ceilings without considering the uniqueness of every County Government.
However, in the budget, the costs of public participation, operations, and maintenance have remained constant for the past four financial years.
“We note with concern that CRA’s presentation did not consider that certain Counties have a larger landmass than others and therefore, the cost incurred in the conduct of public participation and sensitization may differ from one County to the other,” he said.
Similarly, CoG Chairman H.E Martin Wambora raised concerns over failure by county assemblies to provide a budget for induction of new leadership in the counties after the 2022 General Elections.
“Induction is a key component for onboarding of the new county leadership to ensure that there is a seamless transition,” he added.
On health matters, particularly the Managed Equipment Service (MES) Project, CoG’s Health Committee Chairperson, H.E Anyang’ Nyong’o, informed the Council that the current seven year MES contract was coming to an end on various dates between December 2022 and May 2023.
Based upon the findings of a survey conducted by the MES review committee to assess the status of MES equipment in the Counties, the Council resolved to seek expert opinion to analyze the committee’s report and provide guidance to the Ministry on whether or not to extend the contract for an additional three years and the best course of action going forward.
The Council expressed discontent with the Ministry of Health’s proposal to acquire a KSh2.4 billion loan to upgrade 20 maternity and newborn facilities in 12 counties, namely, Narok, Nyamira, Kisii, Embu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nyeri, Kwale, Makueni, West Pokot, Murang’a, Samburu and Nyandarua without the input of the Council yet Health is a devolved sector. The Council called upon the Ministry of Health to convene an urgent consultative meeting to address all the issues arising from the proposal on upgrading maternity and newborn facilities in the selected Counties.
Following the recent presidential directive during the Mashujaa Day celebrations that the National Treasury releases Sh3.2 billion for the construction of 50 new level III health facilities in all the Counties, Governors called for an orderly and systematic process in undertaking the exercise per the constitution, taking cognizance that Health is a devolved function.
In his address to the media after the meeting, H.E Martin Wambora, alongside Governors H.E Kiraitu Murungi - Meru, H.E Lee Kinyanjui - Nakuru, H.E Ali Muktar - Wajir, H.E Staley Kiptis - Baringo, H.E Samuel ole Tunai -Narok, and H.E Cornel Rasanga – Siaya, stated that the Council plans to hold its annual elections on Thursday, January 27, 2022.
This will be the last election under the current regime and is instrumental in facilitating a smooth transition of the leadership of the Council.
Ms. Mary Mwiti was appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the Council for a period of three years, having emerged as the most suitable candidate for the position in a competitive recruitment process that attracted 41 applicants.

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