Bomet MCAs fail to pass supplementary budget as nomination bug hits them
Bomet MCAs are yet to pass a supplementary budget as they concentrate on the forthcoming nominations.
The 25 MCAs have a had a longstanding dispute with Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto over Sh 600 million development fund they are demanding.
The revelation also comes at a time when the county is expected to table before the assembly budgetary estimates for the 2017/2018 financial year.
County Speaker Kipngetich Korir and a section of the MCAs were arm-twisting the Executive into allocating the money to the assembly for the construction of a wall around the assembly, a gate, offices, a residential house for the speaker and landscaping.
Speaking during a meeting with opinion leaders from Bomet central at Silibwet youth polytechnic today, Governor Ruto said the executive was opposed to the move as it was not a priority for now.
A contractor awarded a tender to put up a perimeter wall at the county assembly has abandoned the work half-way following the failure to allocate funds for that purpose.
Ruto revealed that the executive had utilized Sh61 million from the defunct Transition Authority (TA) to construct the official Governor’s office which is about to be completed.
But Ruto remains optimistic that their difference over the allocation of funds and which was being discussed by the two levels of government – Executive and the Legislature – would be ironed out in a few days.
“We should get our development priorities well as leaders. The executive strongly feels that the money should be channeled towards development at the ward level instead of putting up fancy offices for the MCAs,” Ruto said.
The Governor said construction of a new chamber for the MCAs and other infrastructural facilities should be undertaken after the August general election.
Traditionally a budget is tabled before the national and county assemblies in July of every year, but due to the election to be held in August this year, the national Treasury pushed forward the matter to March/April.