September 20, 2020

Kwale County Assembly Approves 160M Supplementary Burget.

Kwale County Assembly speaker Sammy Ruwa. Image: KAHONZI KALIWA

By KAHONZI KALIWA

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At last Kwale County Assembly has approved a supplementary budget of sh160 million as requested by the county executive.

The house had earlier directed that the kitty be channelled to the health department and Kwale Water and Sewerage Company.

Ruwa says according to the investigations done by a special a COVID-19 committee in the house lack of equipment in sub county hospitals to treat the disease is a major threat challenge facing Kwale residents.

The assembly boss said that following the report tabled in the house, the legislatures found it paramount to amend the supplementary budget proposal by the executive. 

“The county assembly has agreed to pass the budget. However without condition that the monies will be allocated to the above department s.” revealed Sammy Ruwa, the house speaker.

Ruwa adds that the war on the pandemic should be aligned to the public health directives including good hygiene and clean water supply.

The county speaker further noted that law makers set aside shs 20 million as a grant to support Kwale Water and Sewerage Company so as to ensure water services are not tampered with.

Kwale County Assembly MCA’s Image : KAHONZI KALIWA

Another sh5million will be used for water projects in the community as well as shillings 5millions set for emergency kit.
The speaker disputed claims that he had delayed the supplementary budget approval so as to sabotage the governor’s leadership as alleged by Mvurya last week.
“We had three house sittings to discuss about the supplementary but it bore no fruits. Because the MCAs were furious on claims of having not been involved in the supplementary discussion by the executive,” noted Ruwa

On Friday last week while speaking to journalists,  Mvurya accused assembly speaker  for intentionally delaying the approval of the supplementary budget to sabotage his leadership. 
“Ruwa and a section of MCA’s   have joined hands and agreed that they will not approve the budget that would ensure our people get food after losing their jobs following the Corona pandemic.” said the governor.

The governor further accused the county speaker on claims of using the budget to gain political mileage for 2022.

He claims the speaker had already started early campaigns.

Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya. Image: KAHONZI KALIWA

“We already have covid_19 unit in Msambweni referral hospital which is full equipped to serve Corona patients, now I’m surprised by the assembly lecturing me how best things can be done.” The governor claimed.

He challenged the governor to seek legal redress if he was not satisfied with house’s decision.
Meanwhile Ruwa has confirmed that he would run  the gubernatorial seat come 2022  but added that this was not the right time to play politics but  all should geared towards fighting Covid-19.


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