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Nairobi spent Sh258m in sitting allowances, report

Sitting allowances in counties gobbled up Sh1.1 billion in the first half of this financial year.

According to a new report by the Controller of Budget, county assemblies were on a spending spree on sitting allowances.

The report indicates that money meant for development was being diverted to cater for county assembly members’ sitting allowances.

Nairobi County spent the highest amount, Sh258.2 million followed by Migori (Sh54.3 million) and Kisii (Sh52.5 million).

Above budget

According to the report, Kakamega spent 197 per cent above budget, Nairobi 161 per cent while Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties were at 96 per cent and 94 per cent.

Counties that had the lowest expenditures on that vote were Tana River, Mombasa and West Pokot, at between Sh13.2 million and Sh18.4 million.

The report shows that Nairobi County had the highest expenditure on purchase of motor vehicles, at Sh341.8 million. Turkana was second, at Sh279.2 million.

On county executive services vote, Nairobi had the highest expenditure, at Sh7.5 billion, while Mombasa county had Sh1.6 billion.