Kisii County Governor James Ongwae assented to the Kisii County Appropriations Bill, 2019/2020.
The move follows County Assembly’s decision to approved the Bill two weeks ago thereby completing the budgeting process in readiness for project implementation.
The Governor who was franked by the County Assembly Speaker David Kombo, leader of majority Timothy Ogugu, Chairman of the Budget Committee Denis Ombachi, County Secretary Patrick Lumumba among other senior government officers said the budget was reached following collaborative efforts between the County Executive and the County Assembly.
Ongwae highlighted that in the Ksh 12.2 billion budget, roads development, health services, water reticulation, food Security, urban development and food security were given priority in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta's Big 4 Agenda.
"A total of Ksh. 1.4 Billion was allocated to health services while road and agriculture departments received Ksh. 800 Million each. Ksh. 400 Million was set aside for the department of water," said the Governor.
Ongwae noted that his administration has done institutional frame working to ensure that the budget is realized citing the revenue department which is now headed by a Chief Officer after the recent reshuffle.
"We want to strengthen the area of revenue management so that we can improve on services delivery. Ksh. 500 million or 4.1 per cent of the total budget will be financed by domestic revenues," said the Governor.
The Speaker thanked the Governor and all departments for working closely with the assembly during the making of the budget adding that the public also had their input through public participation.
"Apart from public participation forums across the county, the whole house participated in the making of this budget. It was not left to the budget committee alone thus it is a balanced budget without deficit," said Hon. Kombo.
Ogugu indicated that the budget which was approved within the deadline was passed without amendments and commended the executive and the assembly for making it possible.
The leaders urged the National Assembly to pass the divisional of revenue bill that is a crucial legislation spelling out the sharing of revenue in the county.
"The money comes in the counties where development is done in all wards. The Members of Parliament should reconsider their positions and give out the cash as proposed by the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) and the Senate," said the majority leader.