Busia Assembly Adopts CFSP 2022/23 With Amendments

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By Reuben Olita

The County Assembly of Busia today adopted the Budget and Appropriation Committee report on the Busia County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) for the Financial Year 2022/2023 and Medium Term but with amendments.

The debate at the old plenary hall and chaired by Nominated MCA, Cynthia Mutere, followed the closure of the state of the art chamber for one month to pave way for installation of multi-media conference system.

County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) is the primary financial policy document that sets out County Government’s policy and priority interventions intended for implementation in the financial year 2022/2023 and in the medium term.

The document is the County Government strategy policy paper for budget preparation and provides the link between the County Government’s overall policies (CIDP 2018-2022) and implemented throug the Annual Development Plan.

The Budget and Appropriation Committee chairman Linus Asiba said the CFSP incorporates the principles of Public Finance Management, noting that it complied with section 107(a) whereby the overall revenue is Ksh.8.1billion and recurrent expenditure is Ksh.5.64b.

It has also complied with section 107 (2) (b) by ensuring that development budget is at 30.17 percent being Ksh.2.4b.

The chairman said the first amendment was the reinstatement of Ksh.350 million as Ward Based Projects following concerns raised by Hon James Ongole ( Angorom Ward) that it had not been captured in the document.

“I concur with the member that the WBP should form part of the report considering that MCAs interact with electorate at ward level and Ksh 10m per ward is good for a start,” he said.

The second amendment was the factoring in of Ksh 10m to go towards the fencing of Mundika Trailer Park.

This followed concerns raised by Bukhayo West MCA, Hon. Vincent Ojiambo who noted the omission and yet it’s an ongoing project.

Hon Asibwa said the trailer park is a priority project since it will be a source of revenue for the County Government of Busia upon completion, adding that funds for Malaba trailer park have also been factored in the document.

Deputy Speaker, Lawrence Okaale Murunga said it’s historic that the document has for the first time come with reasonable target of Ksh.459.16m as ownsource revenue compared to Ksh.796.1m for the last financial year.

“This is the right way to go. It’s realistic than being overambitious. What remains now is to put the executive to task to achieve the target,” he said.

Hon Okaale who is also the Angurai North MCA said there is need by the Executive to have one mega project in each of the 35 wards which will be a plus to the sitting Governor.

“It will also augur well for the executive to ensure each of the 10 departments have a flagship project. The Executive should also have flagship project per every sub county,” the DS said.

The Assembly Majority Leader, Hon Kassaman Ekesa lauded the executive for allocating good chunk of funds towards climate change mitigation noting that environmental degradation is destroying the ecosystem.

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