Tana river County Director of press in the office of the Governor Mr. Steve Juma was yesterday on record fighting against what he called politics and malice from a section of the County assembly in regards to the governor’s delay in signing of the appropriation bill.
Speaking live on radio at Tana Fm, the director who was given a chance to explain on some allegations on the 2017/2018 budget which has seen words, blames being thrown all over between the executive and the assembly on who has delayed the implementation of budget, He claimed that some MCA’s have been moving around and spreading false information to the Tana public, “Tana residents have the right to information that is accurate and one which is not distorted in any way” said Mr. Juma.
The director further said that the County assembly is only mandated to pass, reject or advise on a budget but the Tanariver assembly went against the laws and instead of rejecting they decided to amend and make their own. After the Executive committee which is mandated with coming up with the budget made and forwarded the same to the assembly, the MCA’s went against the law and came up with their own which included 15million shillings for each Mca for 3 projects which they did not specify who the beneficiary are nor did they give proof that the projects had passed through an oversight committee and approved. According to the law he says, the County Assembly of Tanariver is only allowed to allocate 472 million to itself but it went against this as it allocated 509 million shillings more.
He further alleged that the Assembly came up with their own appropriation bill and further took it to the government printers where it was rejected as it lacked the governor’s signature. This was against the law as its only the executive committee which is mandated to come up with the appropriation bill and after the governors consent then its taken to the government printers.
This latest development has brought more confusion as tanarians are in dilemma on who to believe, it’s also on record that the MCA’s passed only half of the budget, the recurrent part where only monies for salaries and office use can be used and kept aside development monies which means the Tanarians will not see any development projects any time soon if the impasse continues.