His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has clarified that the absorption of Nyandarua development budget has surpassed the 80% mark and not 4.1% that Office of the Controller of Budget reported in May covering the Third Quarter (January-March) and which is doing rounds in the social media after it was released yesterday by a section of the media houses.
Speaking on the sideline of a meeting with the clergy drawn from Ndaragwa, Oljororok and Olkalou in Olkalou that he had called to rally the religious leaders to support the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic, the County Boss urged the OFCB to clarify the facts.
According to the statement read by the County Executive Committee Member for Finance Hon Mary Mugwanja Nyandarua County received a total of 1,859,650,979 which was paid out to suppliers and contractors from a total of 2,881,619,740 allocated for development expenditure for both the Nyandarua County Assembly and the Executive as per the 2nd approved Supplementary Budget of 2019/2020 financial year. The payment indicates an absorption of 81% at the close of the financial year. The Finance Executive further disclosed that Kshs 430 million for the Fourth Quarter (April-June) was not released to the County.
Additionally, another Kshs 600,563,590 of equitable share and conditional grants was not released to the County.
Hon Mugwanja went further to enumerate huge amounts of money that have gone directly to citizenry of Nyandarua County which include Kshs 135,000,000 for strategic stock for the department of health that has ensured that the 74 health facilities across Nyandarua are supplied with non-pharmaceuticals, laboratory supplies and drugs. Another 131,914,894 went to Medical Equipment Scheme for releasing of medical equipment.
The acquisition of roads construction equipment, which has been hailed as a game changer, took staggering 451,125,250 for the purchase of excavators, graders, shovels, tipper trucks and drum rollers. While this expenditure goes directly to development projects it is classified as recurrent. The Finance Executive disclosed that in the last financial year Kshs 100 million was disbursed to needy students from across the county as bursaries.
Governor Kimemia noted that there is a deliberate plot to pour cold water on his government’s development agenda adding that he will not be derailed. “Picking on the report of the Third Quarter that was released in May to say that we have not achieved our development targets smacks of malice”. Said the County Boss. His position was echoed by the Leader of Majority at the Nyandarua County Assembly Hon Edinald King’ori who said that the misleading report is being pushed by people who are eyeing positions in 2022.
Governor Kimemia has assured the residents that he will not be derailed from his focus on turning around the fortunes of Nyandarua County. “Last year the Office of the Auditor General gave us an unqualified report. We have been rated as the top county countrywide by the World Bank for two years in a row. All indicators including the recent survey showing that Nyandarua is the best investment destination are arousing envy from our critics who could be orchestrating the misleading reports”. Governor Kimemia said.
Those who accompanied the Governor to the meeting with the clergy included CECs Hon Mary Mugwanja (Finance) and Hon Mary Ann Gathigia (Public Administration and ICT). Others were the Chief of Staff Charles Wachira, Mr Muigai Wainaina (Chief Officer, Economic Planning), Bishop John Kairu (Head, GSDU), Father Jack (County Chaplain), Reverend Nancy (Chaplaincy), Kevin Ikua and Cllr Joseph Njogu (both from GSDU) among other government officials.