Controller of Budget lauds Ngilu for increasing county revenue from July 2021

A past photo of Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu. (Photo -File)

The Controller of Budget in the Quarterly report has lauded the increase in revenue collected by Kitui County from July 2021 to November 2021 compared to the same time in the previous years.

In the first quarter of the 2021/2022 Financial Year, the County generated a total of 91.43 million as own-source revenue. This represented an increase of 43.2 percent compared to 51.89 million realized during a similar period in
the first quarter of the previous financial year.

The increase according to the Controller Budget can be attributed to cash received from the NHIF relating to outstanding bills from the previous financial year and a new revenue stream on County investments on the sale of cabros and interlocking bricks.

Kitui county’s success in revenue increase can be attributed to increased awareness and contributions to NHIF among residents. This was alluded to by Dr. Ancent Kituku, health CECM in neighboring Machakos county who while responding to queries from the County Assembly proposed increased campaigns to enroll more Machakos residents to NHIF and to increase their contributions to the national Insurer. This according to Dr. Kituku can help raise local revenues to be ploughed back for enhancing service delivery at county health facilities.

The County’s approved budget for Financial Year 2021/22 is 12.50 billion, comprising 4.10 billion (32.8 percent) and
Kshs.8.40 billion (67.2 percent) allocation for development and recurrent programs, respectively.

Kitui County Trends in Own-Source Revenue Collection for the First Quarter from FY 2013/14 to FY 2021/22. (Credit-COB)

The controller of budget however raised issues on Kitui County Empowerment Fund administrator not submitting quarterly reports since this Public Fund was operationalized in April 2021, contrary to Section 168 of the PFM Act 2012.

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