Kakamega Governor signs KES17.68 billion FY2023/24 Budget

Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa on Wednesday signed the KES 17.68 billion 2023/4 Budget following a unanimous decision by the County Assembly last week.

The county’s Health sector received the highest allocation.

Overall, spending on recurrent expenses account for 64 percent while development will receive KES 6.3 billion or 36 percent of the funds

“Our total budget of KES 17.6billion will largely be financed by equitable share, own source revenue, conditional grants and other sources,” Barasa said.

Key growth sectors such as Roads, Infrastructure, Public Works and Energy each received KES 1.3 billion, followed by Agriculture, livestock, fisheries and co-operatives (KES 1.2billion)

“Health for development largely on equipment gets KES 639million while the Education sector on ECD and county polytechnics gets KES 481million. The ministry of social services, youths and sports gets KES 761million.

Lands, Urban development, housing and physical planning gets KES 514million, public service administration gets KES 190million, Trade, Industrialization and Tourism and gets KES 440million.

Others are Water, Environment, forestry and Natural Resources, KES 449.5million, Finance and economic planning department( KES 152million) and E-government( KES 145million)

Kakamega counties is among top performers in own revenue collections with a 76 percent performance rate. Also, the county has emerged as the pace setter after it recently led other devolved units in launching its CIDP and the County Health Services Fund

“With automation and efficiency, our target of KES 2.2 billion is realistic and achievable.

County Speaker James Namatsi, DG Ayub Savula and MCAs who are members of the Finance and Planning Comittee attended the ceremony

“We have engaged a new service provider to automate our systems. We want to seal revenue leakages and will focus more on proper tax administration”.

Deputy Governor Savula lauded the County Assembly for being among the first legislators to pass the 2023/2024 Budget.

“The Budget aligns with the CIDP. We are implementing what we promised the people of Kakamega,” DG Savula said.

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