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Kakamega County assures accountability in Covid-19 funds

Saturday, June 27th, 2020 09:25 | By
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. Photo/PD/John Ochieng

Kakamega deputy governor Prof Philip Kutima says the county government will account for the Sh367 million it has received to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Kutima in apparent response to public queries about the use of millions of shillings from national government to fight the disease said the funds will not be spent on charity.

He said the funds are not a donation and hence public procurement regulations and financial probity will guide its use. He spoke when he distributed foodstuffs donated by well-wishers to the kitty.

Fourteen children's homes benefited from the donation of foodstuff and other equipment to cushion them from the effects of Covid-19. They included Wadadia Group-Mumias West, PEFA Rehema-Butere, Mumias Kids Center-Mumias West and Divine Providence-Lurambi.

The rest were Mukumu Children-Shinyalu, Tumaini Miles of Smile-Likuyani, Spring of Life-Butere, Malaika-Ikolomani, MOH Mumias-Mumias West, Kakamega C. Home-Lurambi, Shikhambi Vulnerable Group-Lurambi. Kakamega Approved-Lurambi, Home of Grace-Lurambi and Virginia Home – Matungu.

“We’ve to come up with a plan of expenditure that lasts at least six months and ensure the funds last that long because Covid-19 is here and the earliest we may get more funds is that far,” he told the press yesterday.

Kakamega County received Sh.262 million as a conditional grant from the ministry of health to help the fight against Coronavirus. This was in addition to Sh.105 million approved by the county assembly in a supplementary budget.

The county has seen little in terms of preparedness stirring restlessness among residents. The county says the funds will be used to purchase equipment in the county teaching and referral hospital

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