By KAHONZI KALIWA
Kwale county assembly speaker Sammy Ruwa has called for a special sitting to discuss a proposed supplementary budget of sh160million as requested by the county executive.
Ruwa noted that the amount is expected to support at least 67 percent of Kwale residents who are at risk of becoming starved during this period of Corona pandemic.
Speaking to the press in Kwale on Tuesday, Ruwa said the sitting is meant to set laws to ensure public resources are utilized for the intended purpose.
“Our Assembly takes notice that as we put various measures in place to curb the spread and effects of corona, we shall be called upon to exercise our full threefold mandate.” said the speaker.
The speaker confirmed that the bill would be passed and further cautioned the executive against using the funds inappropriately.
The speaker said the house will ensure that the funds are well utilized.
He noted that the total budget required by the executive for the exercise amounts up to a sum of sh450 million but the proposed budget tabled to the house is sh160 million.
“The money will support in the provision of food and at the same time assist the departments of water and health to improve facilities and services in their response to COVID19,” said the speaker.
Mr. Ruwa added that the house has already received clear guidelines from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission on the subject matter.
Ruwa however advised the executive to use the shs17 million emergency kit fund as they wait for the approval of the supplementary budget.
“In two weeks’ time everything will be in place. We are now progressing well and soon the proposed budget will be gazetted and deposited to the county accounts for procurement purposes, “assured the assembly boss
For the past few months the world has been grappling with the challenge of COVID 19 that has adversely affected the economies of most of the countries.
The pandemic has led to loss of jobs to thousands people in the South Coast.