Kitui county will never get real development with Governor Dr Julius Malombe (EGH) an expose complete with figures and factual documents).
In a shocking discovery Governor Malombe spent more than 10 per cent of Kitui county budgets for the period between July and September 2023 to run his office, a report by the Controller of Budget has revealed.
Despite being fed with sweet promises of “give Malombe time to deliver’ by his choir boys, Hopkin Media has gone underground to expose to you how money meant for development is being channelled to recurrent expenditure, then eaten in the full glare of the unwary public.
Governor Malombe spent Sh382.43 Million to run his office, which constituted 204 percent of the Sh.87 Billion the executive spent, emerging the second highest spender.
Mr Malombe’s spending to run his office was six times more than the entire spending on the county’s development programmes.
He spent extravagantly in funding what largely constitutes recurrent activities such as supplies to offices, hospitality luxuries and other operations.
Governor Malombe was funded through budget lines termed “Governor’s office, Governor and Deputy Governor’s office, County Executive services, Governance, Administration and Public Service or Headquarters Administration.
In the just passed supplementary budget for financial year 2023/24, the Office of the Governor, vote number 3711, has a development budget of a mere 800,740,682 shillings, dwarfed by the bloated recurrent budget of 1,177,883,705.
So, what does all this “recurrent budget” do? In whose pockets does it end up in?
The county’s approved FY2023/2024 budget was Kshs.11.89 billion, comprising Kshs.3.58 billion (30.1 per cent) and Kshs.8.31 billion (69.9 per cent) allocation for development and recurrent programmes, respectively.
The approved budget estimates represented an increase of 3.4 per cent compared to the previous financial year when the approved budget was Kshs.11.5 billion and comprised Kshs.3.4 billion towards development expenditure and Kshs.8.1 billion for recurrent expenditure.