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Kwale County Budget

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In these days our county Government is touring around to present and discuss their future budget numbers, ideas and priorities for the 2015/16 – 2017/18 Kwale County MTEF Budget. But the information for the public participation came late and important information documents were not released upfront.

The 2012 Public Finance Management Act requires each of Kenya’s 47 counties to publish budget information during the formulation, approval, implementation, and audit stages of the budget cycle. This information allows the public to shape county budget priorities, discuss trade-offs with their representatives in the county assemblies, and track whether the budget is delivering on what was agreed during consultations between the public, executive, and assembly. But is the requisite county budget information being published ?

We have checked the availability of seven documents on the official Kwale County Website and have seen that only 2 out of seven are available:

  • County Integrated Development Plans
  • Annual Development Plans
  • County Budget Review and Outlook Papers
  • County Fiscal Strategy Papers ( published on the 2nd of april 2015 – far too late )
  • Budget Estimates (Proposed Budgets)
  • Approved Estimates (Enacted Budgets)
  • Quarterly Implementation Reports

Commission on Revenue Allocation chairman Micah Cheserem

County governments must release documents on their budgets to the public at least two weeks before they are formally discussed by a select group of area leaders, the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) has said. In new guidelines on consultation during preparation of county government budgets, the CRA said the public must also be given a notice of at least two weeks before convening the meeting to debate the spending proposals.The time lines are intended to ensure that the public is not caught flatfooted as has been the case in the past when many county governments issue a notice only a day to the meeting. Access to timely and comprehensive information is crucial if the wider public in Kenya are to meaningfully participate in government decision making.

This was the offical message published on the 2nd of april 2015 ONLY 5 days before the first public meetings have started:

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION FOR PREPARATION OF THE 2015/16 -2017/18 KWALE COUNTY MTEF BUDGET

Chapter twelve section 201(a)of the Constitution,2010 read together with section125(2) of the Public Finance Management Act,2012 emphasize public participation in county budget making process .Pursuant to these provisions, the County Government of Kwale hereby invites the public, interested persons or groups and other stakeholders to public hearings in preparation of the 2015/16-2017/18 Kwale County MTEF Budget.

The participation shall be through oral presentations during the scheduled forums to be held in the 20 wards within the county .Written submissions can also be made  to the County Treasury, Kwale County Government, P.O. BOX 4-80403  or vide any of our email  addresses-  county treasury@kwale.go.ke or chief officer finance@kwale.go.ke.

The draft  2015/16-2017/18 Kwale County MTEF Budget Estimates can be viewed from our website www.kwalecountygov.com or at our county  ward offices . The schedule for the meetings is indicated below.

 

DATE TIME WARD VENUE
                                                              LUNGALUNGA SUB -COUNTY
Tuesday- 07/04/2015 10.00 a.m. Vanga ADC Church-Lungalunga
Tuesday-07/04/2015 2.00 p.m. Mwereni Sub county Offices-Lungalunga
Wednesday-08/04/2015 10.00 a.m Pongwe-Kikoneni Ward Offices-Shimoni
Wednesday-08/04/2015 2.00  p.m. Dzombo Menzamwenye Social Hall
                                                      MSAMBWENI  SUB- COUNTY
Tuesday- 07/04/2015 10.00 a.m. Ramisi Jomo Kenyatta Primary School
Tuesday-07/04/2015 2.00 p.m Kinondo Mwabungo Social Hall
Wednesday-08/04/2015 10.00 a.m. Ukunda Red Cross Hall -Mvindeni-Ukunda
Wednesday-08/04/2015 2.00 p.m. Gombato-Bongwe Show Ground -Ukunda
                                                      MATUGA SUB- COUNTY
Tuesday-07/04/2015 10.00 a.m Waa- Ng’ombeni Ng’ombeni Chief’s office Hall
Tuesday-07/04/2015 2.00 p.m Tiwi Tiwi Chief’s office
Wednesday-08/04/2015 10.00 a.m. Mkongani Kizibe
Wednesday    08/04/2015 2.00 p.m Tsimba-Golini Kwale Cultural Centre
Thursday -09/04/2015 10.00  a.m Kubo South Lukore
                                                        KINANGO SUB -COUNTY
Tuesday-07/04/2015 10.00 a.m Ndavaya Ndavaya Ward Offices
Tuesday-07/04/2015 2.00 p.m Kinango Kinango Youth Empowerment Centre
Wednesday-08/04/2015 10.00 a.m. Mwavumbo Kalalani Social hall
Wednesday-08/04/2015 2.00 p.m Kasemeni Bofu Social Hall
Thursday-    09/04/2015 10.00  a.m Puma Vigurungani  Church
Friday-10/04/2015 10.00 a.m Mackinon Road Taru
Friday-10/04/2015 2.00 p.m. Samburu-Chengoni Dzilaz Hotel

 

Important to say that the meetings could not be attended from Kwale people, who have a regular job !!!!!!

 

Budget Process 2015

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From January till March 2014 our Kwale County Government spent a total of Kshs. 1.2 billion – of which only 11% ( 142 mio ) were spent for development projects. Take your time and recap this figure slowly – ONLY 11% for development – that is a absolutly too low.

Befor we go into the details of spending – have a look at this chart which shows the differences of spending between Machakos County and Kwale County. Machakos spend over 40% of its budget in Development !!!!

Kwale County Budget Review - vs - Machakos Beudget Review
Analysis of Kwale´s recurrent expenditure reveals that the County spent Kshs. 484 million on personnel emoluments which translates to 44 per cent of the total recurrent expenditure while Kshs. 604 million was spent on operations and maintenance, accounting for 55 per cent of the total recurrent expenditure. The personnel emoluments include Kshs. 289.7 million that was reimbursed to the National Government for salaries paid to staff performing devolved functions.

Only 142 million were spend in some development projects that the County implemented during January till March 2014 –  included; a food security program of Kshs.122.3 million, Kshs.7.4 for purchase of medical supplies, and Kshs. 8 million for land resource mapping.

Analysis of operations and maintenance expenditure for the County reveals that Kshs. 98.3 million (17.3%) was spent on domestic & foreign travels, Kshs. 36.7 million (6.5%) on office furniture & general equipment, Kshs. 31.8 million (5.6%) fuel and oil and lubricants, Kshs. 28.9 million (5.1%) on purchase of motor vehicles, Kshs. 24.3 million (4.3%) routine maintenance of assets. Other operations and maintenance expenses included; Kshs. 21.8 million (3.8%) spent on printing, advertising & information supplies, Kshs. 11.8 million (2.1%) on conferences and hospitality, Kshs. 9.5 million (1.7%) on utilities supplies and services, Kshs. 9.3 million (1.6%) on communication supplies and services and Kshs. 5.3 million (0.9%) on training.

The County spent Kshs. 35.2 million for payment of sitting allowances for the 33 MCAs against a budget of Kshs. 40 million – an average of Kshs. 118,506 per MCA per month. In Machakos its only Kshs. 67,657 per MCA per month.

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During the six months period, the total expenditure for the County was Kshs 427.5 million surpassing the funds released by 26 per cent. This is attributed to the use of development funds for recurrent expenditure.

Kwale County Budget Review - July till December 2013The total expenditure translated to an absorption rate of 10 per cent of the annual budget. Out of the total expenditure, Kshs.407.5 million (95%) was spent on recurrent activities while Kshs.19.7 million (5%) was spent on development projects. The recurrent expenditure for the period July to December, 2013 represented 120 per cent of the funds released for recurrent activities. This was an absorption rate of 14.2 per cent of the annual recurrent budget. Similarly, the development expenditure was 4.3 per cent of the development funds released during the period translating to an absorption rate of 1.3 per cent of the annual development budget.

Only 5% were spent on Development

Further analysis of operations and maintenance shows that expenditure on Utilities, Supplies and services takes a lead at Kshs 142.8 million (50%) while Kshs.52.9 million (18%) was spent on Domestic and foreign travel, Kshs 40.1 million (14%) on training, Kshs 10.7 million (4%) on general office supplies; Kshs 10.7 million (4%) on County Assembly siting allowances; Kshs 7 million (2%) on conferences and hospitality and Kshs.6.5 million (2.2%) on printing, advertising and information supplies.