Lenku urges cash-strapped municipalities to deliver, account

In the Financial year 2020/21, the County has allocated zero capital to its two Municipalities, yet the governor is calling them to deliver and account for their expenditure

By Our Reporter

Governor Joseph ole Lenku has urged the management of the two cash-strapped Ngong and Kajiado Municipalities to be accountable to the residents through delivery of development projects.

The governor made the remarks at a recent event held at Oloolua Ward, where he handed over the road’s machinery to Ngong Municipality.

He added that Kajiado Municipalities have now been allocated a budget during the 2020/2021 fiscal year and they will be fully fledged since the County Assembly has allegedly passed a Bill governing its operations.

“I urge all Kajiado residents to hold the County leadership accountable in all projects to ensure resources allocated to specific projects are completed within the stipulated period and meet the required standards,” the County boss challenged the people.

However, our independent findings established that the two entities have never received any budgetary allocation (for capital expenditure) from the county, but the World Bank, hence have nothing to deliver or to account for.

According to a County Fiscal Strategy Paper (2020), available in the official county website, the two municipalities (Ngong and Kajiado) are allocated a Ksh14.8 million and Ksh12.4 million, respectively for operations and maintenance expenses and personal emoluments, but zero allocation for their projects development.

Thereby begging the question on the essence of allocating money for recurrent expenditures without budget for their actual work, which according to the governor, “will improve the County’s economy.”

Further, this publication is reliably informed that the County Assembly has never passed the alleged Bill. The Lands Committee chairman Paul Metui declined to comment on the matter; “I will not comment on the matter now.”

The municipality bosses have been imploring Governor Lenku to issue an Executive Order that will hand them autonomy from various County Departments, and this is the issue that the alleged Bill is expected to address.

Additionally, the governor further alluded that Kajiado North quarry materials belong to Kajiado County residents and it will be utilized in road constructions that will lower the cost of rehabilitation.

Lenku said the road machinery will be stationed in Kajiado North Constituency for the next two months and is expected to improve and make all the roads which were badly damaged during the heavy rains motorable.

The governor continued to call on the residents to maintain the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health in curbing the spread of Coronavirus disease in the County.

Similarly, County Minister for Public Works and Transport Alex Kilouwa who accompanied the governor during the handing over said the works will commence immediately beginning with the ones that were completely damaged.

Kilouwa said the roads machinery included graders, two lorries, excavators, dozers and shovels which is a complete package that will ensure road works are done smoothly without any form of delay.

Among those other leaders present during the event were Lands Minister Hammilton Parseina, and MCAs Martin Kimemia (Oloolua), Mwathi Pere (Ongata Rongai), and Robert Muoria of Ngong Ward.

Others were; Peter Gitau (Olkeri), Richard Lenana (Nominated) and Onesmus Ngongoyo, also nominated.

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