Machakos county spent zero on development from July 2021- controller of Budget

Machakos Finance CECM and Deputy Governor Eng. Francis Maliti with Machakos Speaker Florence Mwangangi during the reading of the 2021/2022 Budget. (Photo -File)

Machakos County spent zero on development from July 2021 to November 2021, The first quarter of the financial year 2021/2022. This is according to the Quarterly report by the Controller of budget.

“The County spent Kshs.1.50 billion on recurrent programs during the reporting period. This expenditure represented
71.3 percent of the total funds released by the CoB and consisted entirely of recurrent programs. There was no
expenditure on development programs during the period.” The report read in part.

During the period, expenditure on domestic travel amounted to Kshs.48.82 million and comprised Kshs.35.01
million spent by the County Assembly and Kshs.13.81 million by the County Executive. Expenditure on foreign travel
amounted to Kshs.9.58 million and included Kshs.7.26 million by the County Assembly and Kshs.2.32 million by the
County Executive.

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The County budget for Financial Year 2021/22 is Kshs.12.24 billion, comprising Kshs.3.82 billion (31.2 percent) and
Kshs.8.42 billion (68.8 percent) allocation for development and recurrent programs, respectively.

In the first quarter of FY 2021/22, the County received Kshs.1.51 billion as the equitable share of the revenue raised
nationally and raised Kshs.155.06 million as own-source revenue totaling to1.67 billion. The self-collected revenue decreased compared to 205 million collected in the same period last year, a decline of 24 percent.

The controller of budget also raised alarm over laxity by the county to clear outstanding bills. As of 30th June 2021 Pending bills amounted to Kshs.2.80 billion for both recurrent and development expenditure. No shilling was used to pay pending bills in the period of the report.

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