The county government of Nairobi splashed out Sh387.2 million on international and local trips in the first half of 2019-20.
According to a report by the Controller of Budget on the county government’s budget implementation, Governor Mike Sonko’s administration spent Sh281.47 million of the amount while the assembly spent Sh105.7 million.
She said City Hall was unable to produce a comprehensive list of development projects undertaken during the said period.
“The Sh632.1 million represented 5.6% of the annual development budget of Sh11.27 billion,” the CoB report reads.The county administration had approved Sh36.9 billion budget for 2019-20 comprising Sh25.71 billion for recurrent programmes and Sh11.27 billion was meant for development.
The report also shows that 124 MCAs spent Sh38.87 million on committee sitting allowances, which is way above the annual allocation of Sh102.39.
In 2016-17, MCAs spent Sh162 million on international travels while the county executive spent Sh267 million pushing the Devolution Ministry to introduce stringent measures to reduce wastage.
The measures required MCAs in all the 47 counties to get approvals ahead of foreign trips.
Nairobi county assembly then suspended international trips from October 2018 to February 2019, citing deficits in the budget.
The report on wastage of public funds comes at a time when City Hall is engaged in leadership brawls that have affected service delivery to the people of Nairobi.
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