Nairobi County convenes a public forum to discuss the proposed budget for FY 2015/2016
Nairobi County Government on Friday 24th April 2015 convened a consultative public forum to discuss and receive input from the residents on the proposed budget for financial year 2015/2016 which was attended by a County Executive Committee members and hundreds of Nairobi residents.
The forum which was officially opened by the County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Economic Planning Mr. Gregory Mwakanongo was held at the county’s Charter Hall. The forum gave members of the public an opportunity to give their suggestions and recommendations as provided for in the constitution and Public Finance Management Act, 2012 section 117(5) which guarantees the participation of public in policy issues like the budget.
The programme based budget for the financial year 2015/2016 gave an outline on the recurrent and development expenditure estimated at Kshs. 27 billion. The biggest beneficiary according to the estimates is the Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport Sector which would receive Kshs 7, 235,000,001 out Kshs 27, 345,923, 672. Other sectors which would receive significant amount are Health Sector Kshs 5,988,000,000 and Finance and Economic Planning Kshs 3,212,000,000.
While providing an overview of the estimates for that budget, Mr. Mwakanogo said that the County Government had assessed various sectors in order of priority. The public Works Sectors received the highest budget estimates given that the County intends to improve the transport system in order to ease congestion and traffic problems which has caused the county billions of shillings. Health sector being critical to the realization of the County’s objective also received good estimates.
It instructive to note that the County Government is trying to pump more funding on sectors that are service oriented, especially sectors that prop the Governor's seven pillars objective.
During the forum each sector gave highlights on the achievement and challenges in regard to the ending financial year 2014/2015. Further, the sectors pointed out what they intend to accomplish in the financial year under review. The County Government also gave projection for subsequent financial years that would guide the development agenda of the county.
While unveiling the budget, the county government took cognizance of the various challenges bedeviling the county like delays in funding from National exchequer and huge debt it had inherited from the defunct Nairobi City Council. However, the county was optimistic that it will operate within the proposed budget and improve on its service delivery.
Mr. Mwakanongo urged Nairobi residents who have written memorandums, suggestions or comments on the draft budget to channel them through, County Secretary, P.o Box 30075-0100, Nairobi. or hard delivery them to Customer Care Desk, City Hall Annexe, Mezzanine Floor. You can also write to us through our email: firstname.lastname@example.org The two draft budget documents have been uploaded in the County's website.
A Nairobi County resident (standing) gives his suggestions and comments during a forum on a proposed, draft budget FY 2015/2016 at City Hall