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Migori MCAs to get iPads in Sh8 million plan

Migori County Assembly has passed a supplementary budget in which an item for the procurement of iPads for MCAs at a cost of Sh8.44 million features prominently.

All the 40 elected ward representative and 21 nominated leaders in the County will have the gadget by the end of the 2014/2015 financial year, according to the supplementary budget report approved by the House last week.

Apart from the gadgets, the assembly will also purchase high-tech computers, printers and other IT equipment to make the house compliant with the digital technology.

Details of the report tabled before the house by the assembly committee chair on budget and appropriations Mr Abedi Maroa on Wednesday last week also indicated that the vote head for travel costs and allowances had been increased to Sh106.3m million from Sh70 million.

TITLE DEEDS

The MCAs also approved an allocation of Sh3.2million for land adjudication and title deed issuance, after scrapping off slum upgrading budget.

Migori will also be able to get a fire engine after allocation was increased by Sh30 million to reach Sh47million to also include emergency supplies.

The budgetary proposals, which was passed overwhelmingly by the MCAs, also approved Sh50 million to be spent towards decongesting Migori town.

Last Week, County Revenue Allocation Report listed Migori County among those which have surpassed the budget ceiling by increasing wage bill at the expense of development funds.

This is against the advice by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) which has sounded an alarm over the spiralling wage bill that compromises national and county governments’ ability to allocated sufficient funds for development projects.

The SRC report rooted for scaled down recruitment process in order to allow good funds to be channelled towards development projects.

Migori county government received Sh5.1 billion from the national Treasury in the current financial year, a conditional grant of Sh192million and a Sh18.1million health grant.