Members of Garissa County Assembly shot down a Ksh 7 billion budget estimates, saying that it had failed to capture important aspect regarding preparation rules.
The 48 Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) unanimously voted to reject the 2016-2017 budget estimates for the County Government and County Assembly.
This means that the County Government will now be forced to operate without a proper budget until the estimates are revised and tabled in the Assembly.
The MCAs said the budget estimates did not adhere to the ceiling adopted by the House in the County Fiscal Strategy Paper as required in the Public Finance Management (PFM) Act 2012.
They further said that the county treasury did not verify the debt the county is owed by service providers, and did not submit to the County Assembly for approval the Debt Strategy Paper in line with Article 123 of the Public Finance Management Act 2012.
They also said that there was no memorandum by the CEC finance explaining why the resolutions adopted by the Assembly on County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) were not adopted.
Speaking to the press after rejecting the motion, Majority Leader in the Assembly, Ibrahim Ali, said that the House will never be used as a rubber stamp by the executive.
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