Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika has ignited a war with Governor Lee Kinyanjui over the unspent Sh3.9 billion which was returned to the treasury.
Kihika has taken to Facebook to express her disappointment with Kinyanjui for returning all those billions yet Nakuru county has so many stalled projects.
According to the senator, sh3.9 billion could have been used to complete various projects in the county.
“I have been in the forefront pushing for more resources to the counties. The main reason is that counties still have a lot to do to improve lives through the devolved functions. Then, boom, I learn that my County leads in returning unused billions to the treasury, Kihika stated.
She added; “At Kshs. 3.9 billion, Nakuru County LEADS in the amounts of unspent funds that were returned to the treasury in the last financial year. When I think of how much that money would have gone to improve service delivery, it would be an understatement to say am disappointed.”
The outspoken Tangatanga senator has stated that Nakuru county is still struggling to pay ECDE teachers with parents going to an extent of fundraising to pay them salaries. The state of the health facilities in the county is also devastating.
“We still have plenty of ECDE centres where parents still have to pool resources to pay the teachers. We still have unequipped and understaffed health facilities dotting our county. Imagine what 3.9 billion would have done to help these people?” Kihika questioned.
She said she is very disappointed with the county government for failing to find value of the money yet the people are languishing in abject poverty.
A report from The Treasury revealed that county governments failed to spend Sh85.6 billion out of Sh314 billion allocated to them in the last financial year.
Nakuru County led the pack with Sh3.9 billion unspent cash followed by Nairobi which failed to absorb Sh3.5 billion.
Other counties with huge cash balances in their accounts as at July 12, 2019, include Kwale Sh2.5 billion, Turkana (Sh2.4 billion), Machakos (Sh1.8 billion), Kilifi (Sh1.8 billion), Bungoma (Sh1.7 billion), Nyandarua (Sh1.7 billion), Siaya (Sh1.7) and Baringo (Sh1.7 billion).
Tharaka-Nithi, Mombasa and Taita-Taveta were the best spenders, having a balance less than Sh100 million each in their accounts.