By Whispers Correspondent
The Isiolo County Assembly has approved Kshs 510 Million Supplementary Budget to pay debts owed to contractors, supplies and small business enterprises for the Financial Year 2013/2017.
Isiolo County is among those Counties whose equitable share has been withheld by the National Treasury since December 2019 for failure to clear pending bills. In addition, Ksh40 Million was passed to support the fight against the spread of Coronavirus disease and cushion those whose small businesses have been banned in effort to fight the spread of the disease. However, how that 40 Million will be used is a million dollar question.
In a Special Sitting that took place on Tuesday evening on 24th March 2020 outside the Assembly (in order to maintain the social distance), the House found the need to respond to the looming crisis in the county before the situation worsens.
Speaking after the exercise, Abdi Duba who is the Budget and Appropriation Committee Chairperson and the Member of County Assembly for Wabera ward said that the COVID-19 virus funds will be used to buy protective gears for the Isiolo health workers when they handling Coronavirus related cases.
“You will note that in Kenya, there is no single county that is well armed with what is required by their health workers to handle the crisis,” Duba said.
According to the Assembly Speaker Hussein Halakhe Roba, the funds will also assist those whose small businesses have been shut down in efforts to fight the spread of virus.
“About 14.9 Million of Kenyans live off open air market businesses and they are affected at this time. The parts of the funds will reach them to get basic needs,” said Mr Roba.
Burat ward MCA Yarrow Hassan Wario called upon the National Government to intervene and assist the county with more funds to prepare to fight the spread of COVID-19 because the county is very large geographically and they need to move from village to village sensitizing the residents on the ways of avoiding the disease.