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Vihiga widows to wait longer for Sh50m support fund

Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Nixon Butiya said the assembly was keen on having the kitty set up procedurally. PHOTO | FILE
Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Nixon Butiya said the assembly was keen on having the kitty set up procedurally. PHOTO | FILE 

Widows from Vihiga County will wait longer to benefit from a Sh50 million fund after the assembly voted to suspend its implementation until regulations are in place.

Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Nixon Butiya said the assembly was keen on having the kitty set up procedurally.

“My committee made the recommendation through a report that got the approval of the assembly,” said Mr Butiya.

He added: “We could not allow the implementation until regulations are made available.”

Pending bills

He, however, assured that the regulations will be in place within the next one and a half months.

“We have immediately begun the process of putting regulations in place. We held a meeting with the House Business Committee on Wednesday to set the stage for the process.”

Some of the money, he said, was re-allocated to clear pending bills and bursaries. “Once we are through with the process of coming up with regulations, we will subject them to public participation,” he said.

Another committee, said Mr Butiya, will also be set up to conduct a survey across the county to establish the number of possible beneficiaries.

“Once we know the number of beneficiaries, we will easily determine how much each person will receive on a monthly basis,” he said.

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