MOVABLE ASSETS A MILESTONE BUT NOT CATEGORIZED AS DEVELOPMENT

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We congratulate our Governor HE Dhadho Godhana for the acquisition of fire fighting lorries and borehole drilling equipment that has been delivered to the County awaiting official launch probably next week.

When the Governor launches the new fire fighting lorries and the mounted borehole drilling lorries, tractors and water boozers, of course the general public will be celebrating and praising the Governor to conclude that the Reba nguzi Government has now started working. So as we waited patiently the Government was doing something “wagegemani”

The equipment and movable assets are going to be useful during their life span depending on proper management and maintenance. The question we want to ventilate on without any fear of contradiction is whether these movable assets should be regarded as development

You will be surprised that the answer is NO. In Government planning, budgeting and procurement systems, movable assets like motor vehicles and tractors are not categorized as development projects. The funds to procure such goods are placed under Recurrent Budget under vote head 3110700 – Purchase of motor vehicles and other transport equipment. The Recurrent Budget captures goods and items that have a short term usage. Specifically it is defined as follows:

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“Recurrent expenditure on goods and services is expenditure, which does not result in the creation or acquisition of fixed assets (new or second-hand). It consists mainly of expenditure on wages, salaries and supplements, purchases of goods and services and consumption of fixed capital (depreciation)”

Recurrent items depreciate so they are temporary in nature. God forbid, you can procure a lorry today and before it reaches Hola it is involved in a road accident and written off to be disposed as scrap metal.

If we scrutinise what happened during the kikoi Government may be it can be understood better what the real issues are. The first County Government spent millions of our allocation from Treasury to purchase vehicles. When the Reba nguzi regime ascended to power they had no vehicles to use. The vehicles bought by Hussein Dado were misused, vandalized and parked in various garages in and outside the County. The current Government was accosted with a huge debt by garage owners a debt the Government is still struggling to foot. It is the same fate for the ten ambulances which were procured, misused and wrecked

This means it is unfair to dismiss or criticise Governor Godhana’s acquisition of the movable assets, but we need to warn that this should not be confused with development for Tana River County. It is imperative to clarify for the layman not to confuse the assets as a development project.

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The current Government should understand the proper meaning of development and begin by developing our infrastructure that can act as an impetus to stimulate the lull economy. Let us focus on projects that have short and long term impact on the lives of the people

The DN publication on 23/2/2019 about the fate of the multi million Galana Kulalu Agricultural project is not good news for the County. The national Government has already spent around 6 billion on the project which was meant to generate food for the entire Nation. It is very unfortunate if it turns to be a white elephant project.

Compare such huge investments and a lorry or tractor. These assets we are procuring are just a drop in the ocean. We need to start developing our County to generate revenue and be able sustain our economy. While the movable assets is a step in the right direction more needs to be done

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