There is a ray of hope on the Kitui County budget stalemate after the MCAs Wednesday( 26th August) passed an appropriation bill in accordance with the law. This was after the Kitui CECM for Finance Ben Katungi, submitted the bill to the assembly Friday last week.
The bill was moved by Kitui Assembly’s Budget and appropriation chair Boniface Kilaa, who also represents the people of Tseikuru ward in Mwingi North and was seconded by the Vice-chair budget committee James Munuve of Kanziku ward
Kitui County Assembly majority leader Peter Kilonzo alias Tangawizi urged the Kitui Governor to assent to the bill as soon as it reaches her so that the county workers, service providers and contractors can be paid
“By the way Mr speaker there is no politician who was asking for votes saying that when you elect me I will pay you salaries, there is none including the Governor. I will invite the KRA to come for their money,” said Tangawizi.
“Honourable Speaker, no food, no water, the hospitals are In a mess, where are we as the county, “Jane Mutua alias Kaviki of Kauwi ward wondered.
The MCAs said the executive has been blaming them for delays in passing the budgets, leading the public to blame them through social media saying they have been sticking to the law.
“Mr speaker Its almost two months now after we passed the current budget, we have created a lot of anxiety among the residents of Kitui for no good reason, like in WhatsApp groups, the main ones in Kitui, some people commented saying this, others that, but from where we seat, we followed the law,” said Alex Mbili of Kyangwithya Eastward.
The passed appropriation bill now waits for the Governor to assent so that it becomes a law.
Last month, members of the Kitui County Assembly had threatened to impeach the CECM for finance if he fails to submit the appropriation bill in the line with duly approved budget estimates within the given time according to the law.
Kitui MCAs Tuesday (August 25th) impeached CECM for Land, Infrastructure, and Urban Development (LIUD) Eng. Jacob Kakundi .