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Addressing Elgeyo Marakwet county’s budget deficit – which way for EMC?

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Addressing Elgeyo Marakwet county’s budget deficit – which way for EMC?

The County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet submitted its 2019 County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) to the county assembly for review and approval as per the timelines provided in the PFM Act 2012. Through CFSP the government outlines its plans and strategy for revenue collection and expenditure for the coming year. This forms the basis from which the budget will be formulated by April 30. In any case that the county’s budget is likely to be unbalanced i.e. having deficit, the county through this paper also explains how to address the deficit.

The County has a deficit of KES 290 million. The CFSP has proposals for addressing the same, the county assembly declined to approve the fiscal paper and instead returned the same to the executive for review. This has since turned to chase-game between the two arms of government.

Our review of the deficit and proposed measures prompted this submission for consideration by the two arms of government. Considering the possible effects of any misunderstanding between the assembly and executive on this matter on the county’s service delivery in 2019/20 and over the medium, we are calling upon the county assembly and the executive to provide leadership and find the most appropriate remedy to the situation.

In this paper, we present several options for your consideration, which are designed to  provide both short and long-term remedies.

Recent Comments

  • Thomas Kigen

    • March 27, 2019 @ 10:44 am
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    -While i have not had a chance to check the CFSP for 2019 i too reiterate the urgency for the two arms of EMC govt to objectively engage and find a sustainable solution. The rising recurrent bill in both arms of govt is a pointer of snowballing crisis that if not addressed early enough could lead to inability to manage the county and in particular with weak local revenues and a non performing national economy due the myriad of challenges facing Kenya today.
    -EMC must deliberately freeze all forms of new employments and seek to contain the present wage bill as a matter of priority. It is no longer tenable to keep engaging new workforce while overall cost is becoming unsustainable and yet there is no urgent need to hire.
    -The governor ought to call for an urgent dialogue with all stakeholders to structure approaches to deal with the growing crisis. Open engagement of all critical stakeholders is the best way to reach at sustainable frameworks of action and it will enhance ownership by the entire county of the significant decisions that must be made.

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