By BONIFACE MULU
Hundreds of Kitui County’s residents have participated in a public participation exercise organised for them at the Kitui Multipurpose Development Training Institute by the Kenya’s parliament for the country’s 2023-2024 budget estimates.
The Wednesday, May 17, 2023 meeting was chaired by the Member of Parliament for Lafey Constituency in Mandera County Mohammed Abdi.
The MP chaired the meeting in his capacity as a Parliamentary Budget and Appropriation Committee member.
The participants were from all the Kitui County’s eight parliamentary constituencies namely Kitui Central, Kitui South, Mwingi North, Mwingi Central, Kitui West, Kitui East, Kitui Rural and Mwingi West.
The Katulani District Commissioner, Mrs. Shufaa O. Mwijuma was the chief guest where she was representing the County Commissioner Erastus Mwenda Mbui at the function.
A total of 343,830,000 shillings has been allocated for some ten projects in Kitui County from the Kenya’s 2023-2024 budget.
The ten projects include the Mulango Technical Training Institute that is benefiting with some 5,000,000 shillings, the Kitui Turn-off-Mwingi-Garissa road (20,000,000 shillings), the Umaa Dam (50,000,000 shillings), the Mwingi-Kalisasi-Mumbuni road (30,000,000 shillings) and the Kibwezi-Mutomo-Kitui road (113,000,000 shillings).
Addressing the function, Abdi highly thanked the residents for having attended the event well.
“We have captured all the reports from you (the Kitui County’s residents) and each of the county’s eight constituencies will get at least something in this budget,” the MP told the participants.
“Today we have started with Kitui County and tomorrow we will be in Garissa County for the exercise, he said.
The Kitui County’s residents asked to be provided with water, education, health, agriculture and roads projects among others from the budget during the exercise.
“We have started the exercise in Kenya with 16 of the country’s 47 counties and we will do the public participation meetings in all the county’s 47 counties in three years from today,” Abdi said.
The sixteen counties include Kitui, Garissa, Embu, Siaya, Kisumu, Kisii, Nyamira and Tharaka Nithi. Kitui County Governor, Dr. Julius Makau Malombe was represented at the event by the County Chief of Staff Ashur Muhamud Khalid. The chief guest Shufaa O. Mwijuma also addressed the occasion among others.
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