Geoffrey Eling Owera, the Finance Secretary attributes the budget shortfall to Covid-19 pandemic which affected local government revenue collections. Eling told council that the district only managed to raise 20% of planned local revenue in the last financial year which was interrupted by Covid-19.
district local government is most likely to experience a budget shortfall in the next F/Y 2021/2022. The council has come out with draft budget estimated at 24.5billion shillings, but in the last F/Y 2020/21, the council approved a budget of 28.6b billion shillings.
budget breakdown indicates that 10.7million shillings was allocated for Education, shs37million to Production and Marketing, 1.8billion shillings for administration, Trade
and Industry got shs109m while 1 billion shillings was allocated for Road and Engineering,
among other sectors totaling to 28.6billion shillings.
in a draft budget presented before the council on Monday by the Finance
Secretary Geoffrey Eling, the budget has dropped from 28.6 billion shillings to 24.5 billion shillings. Where
Shs89m was allocated under Trade, Industry and Local Economic Development.
2.9 billion shillings has been allocated under Production and Marketing, 669 billion shillings under Statutory
Bodies, Finance shs216 million shillings, and Administration 1.7 billion shillings, while shs280million shillings under
Natural Resource, Community Based Services shs172 million shillings, Water and Sanitation
shs582 million shillings and shs967million shillings allocated under Works and Technical Services among sectors.
draft budget was consequently deferred to Sectorial Committee for scrutiny
before the final approval in the subsequent council sitting as directed by the
Local Government Minister Raphael
Eling Owera, the Finance Secretary attributes the budget shortfall to
Covid-19 pandemic which affected local government revenue. Eling told council
that the district only managed to raise 20% of local revenue in the last F/Y
interrupted by Covid-19.
in: “The total revenue …
out: … to our people.”//
asked the key stakeholders and the leaders in the district to lobby for more
funding from donors to better service delivery.
in: “Mr Speaker Sir …
out: … of Kwania district.”//
Awor, the Chief Administrative Officer of Kwania blames the budget cut to the
change of the Indicative Planning Figure (IPF) and a ban set against
charcoal burning and transportation, a major source of our local revenue.
the Nambieso Sub County councilor Jimmy Emmanuel Okello Ecun, expressed
fears that the budget shortfall could affect a number of activities in the
district, hence affecting service delivery. Okello wants the district to tap
more revenue by widening the revenue base to mitigate the challenge.