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Kenya: Kakamega County Assembly Passes Sh16.1 Billion Budget

The Kakamega County Assembly on Wednesday passed a Sh16.1 billion budget for the 2021/2022 financial year.

This gives Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who is serving his final term, the opportunity to focus on implementing key legacy projects before he leaves office in 2022.

The county government has allocated Sh1.2 billion for development projects while the recurrent vote will receive Sh389.1 million.

In the estimates, the county government has set a target of Sh2.1 billion in its own-source revenue collection compared with Sh1.6 billion in the 2020/2021 revised budget.

Sh725.4 million

The development expenditure estimate is pegged at Sh7.3 billion, which translates to 45 per cent of the overall county budget.

The key projects lined up for completion include the County Teaching and Referral Hospital, which has been allocated Sh510.3 million, and the construction of the second and third phase of Bukhungu Stadium at a cost of Sh725.4 million.

Funds have been allocated for tarmacking several roads in the region to improve communication across the 12 sub-counties.

The roads include the 9.2km Bushiangala-Eregi-Lusiola stretch, which will be tarmacked at a cost of Sh130 million, while Sh100 million has been allocated for construction of a key tea factory in Shinyalu constituency.

The Health Services docket has been allocated Sh13 billion for development while Sh3.5 billion will go into the recurrent vote.