KIRINYAGA WARD REPRESENTATIVES HAVE SLASHED THE EXECUTIVE’S LEGAL FEES BUDGET FROM SH60 MILLION TO SH1 MILLION

The political war between Governor Waiguru and the MCAs has become more , the Ward Representatives have slashed the executive’s legal fees budget from Sh60 million to Sh1 million.

The MCAs says that the money allocated to pay lawyers who represent the county government in various court cases is too much and it had to be slashed and diverted to the Education department for bursaries targeting needy school children.

This happened on June 30, Tuesday while passing the Sh5.5 billion budget for the 2020/2021 financial year, the MCAs have vowed to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent well.

The office of the Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri has a big boost, allocated Sh15.6 previously the office had zero funds allocation.

“We had to act when we discovered that the office of the deputy governor had not been allocated any funds by the devolved government. This is an important office and it can’t operate without finances,” said Mr Mathenge.

Further, the MCAs slashed the entire budget of the County Secretary Office from Sh111 million to Sh1 million.They have accused the office of being uncooperative.

“We have been asking the county secretary to furnish us with documents to be able to carry out our oversight role properly but he has been adamant and therefore we had to give his office minimum funds,” said the assembly’s Budget Committee Chairman David Mathenge.

The governor’s communications department was also removed and Sh500,000 directed towards ward development.

MCAs described the department being a propaganda tool and should not get a single cent.

Mr Mathenge stated that it disbanded the Communication Department as it did not contribute any development and does not deserve any fund allocation.

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