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City Hall fails to spend single cent in Sh6.4bn development budget

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An aerial view of Nairobi City Hall. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • City Hall did not spend a shilling on development for three months between July and September last year, a Controller of Budget (CoB) report shows.
  • This is despite the county government having budgeted for Sh6.4 billion as development expenditure out of the total Sh31.4 billion annual budget for the financial year ending June 30, 2021.

City Hall did not spend a shilling on development for three months between July and September last year, a Controller of Budget (CoB) report shows.

This is despite the county government having budgeted for Sh6.4 billion as development expenditure out of the total Sh31.4 billion annual budget for the financial year ending June 30, 2021.

Worryingly, the document, County Governments Budget Implementation Review report for the first quarter for the financial year 2020/21, indicated the county government spent Sh70.7 million in the period on operations and maintenance out of an annual budget of Sh10.1 million.

Further, City Hall spent Sh1.31 billion even though the Exchequer released only Sh1.25 billion from the County Revenue Fund (CRF) account for the period under review.

“Analysis of expenditure by department shows that the department of liquour licensing board had the highest percentage of recurrent budget at 30.8 percent while the ward development programmes and emergency fund did not report any expenditure,” the report says.

According to the report, Liquor Licensing Board spent Sh61.7 million in the three months in recurrent expenditure though the Exchequer did not release any funds for the same. The board always spends at source.

On the other hand, emergency fund and ward development programmes did not spend anything on recurrent expenditure even though they have an annual budget of Sh100 million and Sh30 million respectively.

From the expenditure, office of governor and deputy governor accounted for Sh449.7 million, health department Sh300.7 million, county assembly Sh120.7 million and Education sector Sh115.4 million, taking the biggest chunk of the funds.

Granted, the county government raised only Sh1.54 billion as own-source revenue representing a slight increase of Sh1.17 million compared to the amount realised during the same period in the previous financial year.

The county government targets to raise Sh14.4 billion own-source revenue in the current financial year.