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Photo: Budget committee Member John Obwogo after the adoption of the appropriation bill on Thursday.

Busia Assembly adopts Busia County Appropriation Bill, 2018

The County Assembly of Busia has adopted the Busia County Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2018, effectively giving departments authority to spend money.

The adoption of the bill comes barely two days after the assembly passed the Sh8.7 billion supplementary budget with an historic development budget of 38% (Sh3.5b).

Health and Sanitation vote head takes the lion’s share of the development expenditure with Sh613.7m. Public Works is second with Sh360m; Agriculture (303m), Trade and Co-operatives (138m), Culture and Sports (138m)  rank in that order.

The MCAs have now thrown the ball to the executive to implement projects that are earmarked for completion as they carry out their oversight roles.

Budget and appropriation Committee member John Obwogo, who is also the Nangina Ward MCA, said  the budget is good news for county residents  with development budget  hitting 38% mark, surpassing the  previous  28% and  30% as per the Public Finance Act.

“We have done our part and the Executive should now expedite implementation of projects for the benefit of county residents,” he said.

Malaba Central MCA Bernard Papa said the passing of the bill has unlocked funding challenges which had put them on collision course with residents.

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