December 12th 2017

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Kitui County ups accountability as it receives Sh600 million

The CBEF will comprise representatives of various community stakeholders such as churches, professionals, trade organizations, youth, labour organizations, the elderly, people with disability and community based groups to ensure continuous consultation on budget matters and economic planning in the

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 15 Nov 2017 13:15 EAT

Kitui County Finance Executive Commitee Member Mary Ndunge nguli, greets deputy governor Dr Wathe after being sworn in last week.

Kitui County has received Sh605 million from the National Treasury, with two new committees being established to ensure integrity in use of public funds.

 The disbursed money is aimed at supporting development programs  to implement governor Ngilu’s five pillar manifesto upon which the people of Kitui voted her into office overwhelming in the last general election.

 Ms Nguli, in a statement, said government of Kitui is in the process of establishing sound financial management framework that will ensure prudent use of available resources. She vowed to ensure that all the identified priority programmes in governor Ngilu's manifesto are rolled out fast and in the most efficient manner.

She said the National Treasury has pledged to support the County in building capacity on financial management and reporting to ensure improved accountability and transparency on budget implementation and financial performance. "The capacity building program that will be offered freely by National Treasury for all the public finance management staff on budgeting, accounting and financial reporting in the next two weeks,” she added.

"The aim is to improve our score card on use of county resources and be able to account for every cent received by the county" Ms Nguli stressed.

 The committees are Internal Audit Committee and County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF) which did not exist in the previous regime and are targeting to improve its financial performance and fiscal responsibility.

The internal audit team will also be strengthened to ensure continuous improvement, compliance, timely identification of risks and intervention mechanisms to ensure the county gets a strong financial footing. The team will be expected to produce regular and accurate reports on all areas of financial management by the county.

The CBEF will comprise representatives of various community stakeholders such as churches, professionals, trade organizations, youth, labour organizations, the elderly, people with disability and community based groups to ensure continuous consultation on budget matters and economic planning in the county.

The minister said civic education programmes and budget forums will thus be critical processes in all programs touching on financial management in the county.

Ms Nguli pledged to continuously inform and involve the public on all financial matters and budgeting of resources in the county.

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