Two residential houses for the Governor and his deputy which would cost Sh.85 million of the tax payers’ money are not our priority at the moment, the Taita Taveta Governor, Granton Samboja has declared.
Rejecting construction of the said homes, Samboja insisted that the money which is factored in the next financial year 2018-2019 budget estimates for the construction of his residence and that of his deputy should instead boost the County bursary kitty.
We have our own houses where we live and we do not need new residents. The funds allocated for building our residences will be channeled to bursaries, he declared.
In the next year’s budget, about Sh.45 million had been set aside for building of the Governor’s residence and Sh.40 million for the deputy governor respectively.
Addressing a public meeting in Wundanyi’s Dawson Mwanyumba stadium yesterday, the governor said it was his desire to see bright children from poor families went to school like any other to further their education.
He assured the local community that no needy student would drop out of school due to lack of school fees.
Samboja revealed that he had asked the county assembly to re-allocate the funds to the bursary kitty which would now increase from the current Sh.65 million to Sh.150 million to cater for the rising number of students in dire need of bursaries.
Jason Tuja who is the county Assembly Majority Leader present during the function promised the governor that the assembly would do as he wished.
Rest assured that this will be done so that our children can be retained in schools now that their school fees would be looked into, Tuja told the county boss.
Meanwhile, the county assembly has passed the Second Supplementary Budget and Appropriation Bill after the Controller of Budget earlier rejected the budget estimates over excess votes.
Members of the county assembly had hurriedly passed the budget estimates because any delay would likely have delayed employees’ salaries and crippled the quick implementation of development projects.
We corrected the errors and passed the second supplementary budget as demanded by the Controller of Budget. We are now on the safe side, confirmed the majority leader.
Source: Kenya News Agency