Speaker opposes Embu town beautification budget

Speaker opposes Embu town beautification budget

Embu Deputy Speaker Ibrahim Swaleh has opposed a proposal by the County Government to spend Ksh 4 million in the 2016/2017 budget for beautification of towns, terming it a waste of taxpayers’ funds.

Swaleh said the county department of Lands, Water, Environment and Natural Resources had proposed to spend the monies to beautify Embu, Runyenjes, Siakago and Kiritiri towns, but lamented that the said towns were too filthy to beautify.

Speaking during a joint sitting between the County Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee and the County Executive Committee members, Chief Officers and Directors, the Deputy Speaker called for cleaning of the towns which he said were chocking in uncollected garbage before budgeting for beautification.

He stated that Embu County was not in desperate need for beautification but service delivery and challenged the County Executive to redirect their energies to tangible development projects that will positively impact the lives of the citizenry as opposed to embarking on cosmetic beauty.

Swaleh at the same time opposed the allocation of Ksh 25 million for acquisition of garbage collection trucks in the next Financial Year’s budget, saying that Embu County had so far spent more than Ksh 100 million on garbage trucks, but regretted that towns were still filthy.

He wondered why several trucks bought in the current Financial Year had spent more than six months parked at the impound yard at the Governor’s office, yet Embu residents perpetually complained of the County Government’s perennial failure to collect garbage.

Swaleh stated that the budget making process was not just meant to allocate funds for the sake of it and maintained that appropriation of county funds must be hinged on logic and need for the funds.

Report by Anthony Ndwigah


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