91.8% of Garissa County’s devolved funds was spent on Personnel Emolument: AG Report
According to the Auditor General’s latest report seen by NFD Dispatch, Garissa County has spent Kshs 0.00 on development from the county’s 2018/2019 Approved Budget. Kshs 10.16 billion (Kshs 5.76 billion and Kshs. 4.4 billion allocation for recurrent and development expenditure respectively) to finance its budget. The County expected to receive Kshs. 6.94 billion as equitable share of revenue, Kshs 2.33 billion as conditional grants, generate Kshs. 250 million from local revenue and Kshs 644 million cash carried forward from FY 2017/2018.
During the first quarter of FY 2017/2018, the County received Kshs. 849.6 million as equitable share of revenue, raised revenue of Kshs. 25.89 million and had a cash balance of Kshs. 1.12 billion from FY 2017/2018. The total available funds amounted to Kshs. 1.51 billion. The County however did not receive any funds from conditional grants in the reporting period.
The Controller of Budget Approved withdrawal of Kshs. 1.08 billion from the CRF account and was entirely used for recurrent expenditure. The total recurrrent expenditure of Kshs. 1.06 billion comprised of Kshs. 981.35 million incurred on personnel emoluments and Kshs. 88.77 million on operations and maintenance. The expenditure on personnel emoluments represented an increase of 48.5% compared to the first quarter of FY 2017/2018.
The County spent Kshs 17.56 million on committee sitting allowances ( 49 MCAs). The average monthly sitting allowance was Kshs. 119,440 per MCA against the SRC’s recommended monthly ceiling of Kshs. 80,000. The expenditure on domestic travel amounted to Kshs. 41.07 million and comprised of Kshs. 23.38 million spent by the County Assembly and Kshs. 17.70 million by the County Executive. This was an increase of 381.5% compared to Kshs. 8.53 million spent in the first quarter of FY 2017/2018.
The County did not spend any fund on development activities in the period under review. The issues raised by the Auditor General includes; the high personnel emolument costs which amounted to 91.8% of total expenditure during the reporting period.