Baringo members of the county meeting (MCAs) spent probably the most on overseas journey at Sh183.three million within the three months to September.
Knowledge from the Controller of Funds (CoB) exhibits that on common, every of the 46 MCAs spent Sh415,652 adopted by Nairobi’s (Sh397,656) and Kirinyaga’s (Sh397,058) throughout the interval.
The spending comes amid a contemporary austerity push demanding that earlier than MCAs travelling overseas for seminars, excursions or conferences, they have to write a press release on the way it will profit the county.
Reducing spending on non-essentials like catering and journey is geared toward reducing the wage burden in order to free assets for growth initiatives.
The Nairobi county meeting with 128 MCAs devoured up Sh50.9 million within the three months to September adopted by Baringo at Sh19.1 million and Kirinyaga at Sh13.5 million.
Different high spenders on overseas journeys throughout the assessment interval have been Samburu’s 28 MCAs with every spending a median of Sh341,428 and Meru’s 69 ward representatives who spent Sh155,072 every.
Busia, Embu, Garissa, Homa Bay, Kajiado, Vihiga, Kakamega and Kitui are amongst 17 counties whose MCAs didn’t spend a cent on overseas journeys within the three months.
Others that had nil bills on overseas journey embrace Kwale, Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir, Migori, Mombasa, Muranga, Taita Taveta and Tana River.
About 15 counties on common spent lower than Sh100,000 per MCA on overseas journeys.
Total, MCAs and County executives spent Sh2.6 billion on journey, with Sh340.94 million being on overseas journey.
The MCAs and governors have demanded that Devolution PS Charles Sunkuli withdraws the October 5, 2018 tips proscribing their journey overseas terming the foundations unreasonable.
The rules geared toward decreasing the recurrent expenditure, streamline and harmonise overseas journey throughout the general public service, got here amid a fiscal deficit hole and stress to repay overseas loans.