The County Government of West Pokot has laid out a 5.6 billion plan for the financial year 2018/ 2019 which aims at improving the lives of people of West Pokot.
The budget is pegged on The County Government Economic and Transformation Agenda as stated in the County Development Plan (2018- 2022). The manifesto focuses on the 3E’s pillar of framework of Education, Equity and Economy for sustainable inclusive development and shared prosperity.
The Department of Health and Sanitation got the largest share of the budget, having been allocated 1.5 billion, an equivalent of 27.29% of the budget estimate. The Department of Education and Technical Training came in second at 15% followed by West Pokot County Assembly 11.39%, The Department of Public Works, Transport and Infrastructure at 6.5%, The County Executive at 6.39% and The Department of Water Environment and Natural Resources which received 4.97% of the total budget estimates.
Reading the county budget at the county assembly, CECM Francis Kitelauyan- Finance and Economic Planning said that the major focus of The County Administration will be to improve health services across the county, in line with the National Government’s Big ‘Four’ agenda.
He further emphasized that the county budget aims at ensuring that past challenges that have held the county back from economic development are eradicated.
“By implementing policies and programs under the transformation agenda, we are laying a solid foundation for the county’s industrialization as envisaged in the vision 2030…” said Mr. Kitelauyan.
The pronouncement of the budget comes at a time when the county government is in top gear in its implementation of the county’s manifesto.
Present during the budget reading were the county assembly speaker Catherine Mukenyang, MCAs, CS Dr. Mike Parklea CECMs Ruth Kisabit, Joel Arumonyang, Christine Apakoreng, Jackson Yaralima, Chief Officers among other county officials.