Ojaamong unveils plans to scale up Development expenditure
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has unveiled austerity measures aimed at scaling up the County’s development expenditure.
Addressing the press in Nambale after chairing a county executive committee meeting, Ojaamong said the County had spent a lot of funds as recurrent expenditure owing to the huge debts inherited from the defunct local authorities.
“It is unfortunate that my Government inherited millions of shillings in debts from the local authorities,” he said adding that the County also has some pending bills some dating back to 2014.
He added that the meeting with the County Executive Committee (CECs) members was aimed at coming up with modalities which could enable the County to ensure that its monetary allocations was shared at the ratio of 50-50 for both development and re-current expenditure.
“We want to scale down recurrent expenditure by putting a limit on foreign and local travels and reducing funds being spent on staff training,” stating that only new staff will access the fund or be allowed to travel.
The Governor said that his cabinet has approved Sh. 7.4 billion which will be forwarded to the County Assembly for approval.
“The aim of our supplementary budget is to mop up foreign debts and ensure that all development projects are complete and operational,” he said.
Ojaamong also pointed out that his government has over 2,000 Community health workers assisting in the health sector but they were being paid by donors.
“With the support by donors shrinking drastically, the County government is officially taking over the payment of their stipend on monthly basis,” he said.
He further said his government will partner with Community Health Volunteers to ensure that preventable diseases like malaria and diarrhea are controlled.
The governor encouraged the Community Health Volunteers to form co-operatives to access Cooperative and Agricultural Development Funds offered by the County Government.
By Salome Alwanda