Marakwet MCAs throw out county development plan

Alex Tolgos
Elgeyo-Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos has cut budget for development. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly has rejected the County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) following the executive proposal to reduce the assembly’s budget and cut down on development funding.

According to the chairman budget committee, John Yator, the CFSP had proposed to reduce the assembly’s budget by Sh120 million while each of the 20 wards would lose Sh9 million, bringing the total to Sh180 million to fund the recurrent expenditure.

Mr Yator, who tabled the CFSP, urged the assembly to reject saying it did not reflect the priorities and goals defined in the Annual Development Plan (ADB) which was approved by the House after undergoing public participation.

Supporting the motion, the members said the executive should go back for public participation before reducing the development budget saying the money targeted had already been budgeted for various development projects in the wards.

“Mr Speaker, public participation on the ADP that informs the CFSP was conducted in the wards and the residents identified projects and allocated funds for the same. The executive is now proposing a reduction of Sh9 million for the total allocations to each ward, this is unacceptable,” Wilson Tich (Cherangany/Chebororwa) said.

Speaking when he gave a state of the county address at the assembly last week, Governor Alex Tolgos had said there would be a drastic reduction in its development budget due to a surge in wage bill as a result of salary increase and implementation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in the health sector.