Migori Civil Society Organization Forum has questioned the county budgetary allocation for the financial year of 2021-2022.
Speaking in Migori town the organisation spokesperson Bishop Nelson Kongere said that the Public Finance Management (PFM) act of 2012 provides that the budget process must end latest by June the 30th of each financial year. He said that the Migori County Assembly disregarded the Public Finance Management act by approving the budget in August 2021.
He noted that the budget was not sensitive nor was it responsive to the most vulnerable groups in the county. Bishop Kongera was concerned that the budget describes the intention to implement projects for the vulnerable groups but there was no corresponding budget allocation on the same.
Bishop Kongere said that People Living with Disabilities had no allocation of funds under the Sustainable Growth Development Programme (SGDP). He also noted that the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) victims and campaign also received nothing in the Migori budgetary allocation.
Kongere called upon the County Government of Migori and the County Assembly to always act professionally, incorporate public participation and be patriotic to its citizens to ensure equitable resource sharing for the prosperity of Migori society.
Ms. Lori Ochola a member of Migori civil society and who advocates for sexual reproductive health of the young people as well as adolescence pointed out that the analysis of the budget on the family and reproductive health sector was given a lot in terms of recurrent expenditure yet no funds was allocated for the development of the same.
Ms. Ochola noted that the issues of sexual reproductive health were key and that sexual and gender based violence was still rampant in the county. She also stated that the budget failed to allocate a kit for Covid 19 pandemic that could have helped youths to boost their affected businesses.
The Chairperson of the Kenya Union for the Blind (KUB) Mr. David Otieno said that the budget is meant to help the county and the people living in that county. He said that the passed budget discriminated against the vulnerable people especially People Living with Disabilities (PWDs). He pointed out that PWDs had not been allocated any funds in the 8.8 Billion Migori budget.
On his part, the Deputy Secretary General for Civil Societies Organization Forum in Migori County Mr. Titus Orwa said that the organization had developed a memorandum of understanding and a petition.
Mr. Orwa said that the memorandum will be signed by all the registered civil society organizations in the county and then present to Migori County Assembly.