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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Siaya billions development fund row simmers

A section of Siaya MCAs have challenged the Siaya county executive to declare to the public when they intend to spend Sh1.3 billion allocated for development activities in the 2014/2015 financial budget.
The MCAs led by West Alego ward representative Peter Muhula have accused the county of not spending the funds two month before the close of the 2014/2015 financial year.
Muhula stated that the county executive has failed to engage the residents of the county in any development programmes in line with the budget of the 2014/2015 financial year.
The MCA lamented that the pace at which the county government is operating is raising concern to the elected leaders and residents who are yet to see the benefits of devolution.
‘‘It is sad that the financial year 2014/2015 ends in two months time yet the county government has not rolled out any tangible projects to the wards. The governor should come out and tell us how he intends to spend these funds,’’ said Muhula.
Muhula who was addressing journalists recently in Siaya town further stated that these were clear signs of poor leadership skills of the county executive under the leadership of the governor.
Muhula who is also the vice chairman of the budget and appropriation committee in the assembly has since challenged the governor to effectively use the development funds to reduce chances of the funds being returned to the treasury as has been the case in recent years.
The vice chairman added that this move will provide the anti-devolutionists a leeway of strangling devolution even further, as they will argue that the governors lack the capacity of overseeing the success of devolution.
He added that West Alego ward residents have only received bursary funds from the county government yet other vital services as health centers, sports facilities, water projects and roads which are the responsibility of the county government are lacking.