Concern as Over 30 Governors Fail to Execute Development Projects, Bungoma included

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Bungoma Falters: The Struggle of Under-performing Counties in Project Budget Utilization Revealed by Controller’s Report Lack of Implementation: Concern as Over 30 Governors Fail to Execute Development Projects
According to the recent report by Budget Controller Margaret Nyakang’o, covering the first nine months of the 2023/2024 financial year, more than 30 governors have not been able to carry out significant development projects. This raises concerns about the progress of development initiatives across the counties. Only five counties – Narok, Bomet, Uasin Gishu, Mandera, and Kitui – have achieved notable levels of budget utilization for approved development projects.
The report highlights that Nairobi, Bungoma, Mombasa, and Taita Taveta counties have exhibited the lowest levels of budget utilization for approved development projects. This lack of implementation has significant implications for the overall development and welfare of the respective counties.
Bungoma County recorded a development implementation rate of 11.7%. This means that out of the total development budget allocated, only 11.7% was utilized for actual projects. Similarly, Nairobi City stood at a mere 9% implementation rate, Mombasa at 7.7%, and Taita Taveta at 7%.
The report further reveals that Nairobi allocated a mere 1.25 billion shillings out of a total budget of 11.35 billion shillings towards development projects. This indicates a significant gap between the allocated funds and the actual utilization for development purposes. In comparison, Bungoma utilized 660 million shillings from a budget of 4.48 billion shillings, Mombasa spent 369 million shillings out of a budget of 4.4 billion shillings, and Taita Taveta utilized 163 million shillings from a budget of 2.19 billion shillings for development initiatives.
The impact of this lack of implementation is felt in various aspects. Firstly, it hampers the progress of crucial infrastructure projects, such as roads, schools, and healthcare facilities, which are vital for the well-being of the residents. The delay or non-completion of these projects can hinder economic growth and negatively affect the quality of life for the citizens.
Furthermore, the failure to implement development projects leads to a waste of resources. The allocated funds remain unutilized, resulting in a loss of potential benefits and missed opportunities for the counties. This mismanagement of resources also raises questions about transparency and accountability in the governance of these counties.
In addition, the lack of implementation affects public confidence in the ability of the governors and county governments to deliver on their promises. It erodes trust in the leadership and can lead to disillusionment among the citizens. This may have long-term consequences for the political landscape and public participation in the counties.
Moreover, the low implementation rates in certain counties perpetuate regional disparities in development. It widens the gap between counties that have made progress and those that continue to lag behind. This inequality undermines the principles of equitable development and social justice.
The report serves as a wake-up call for the governors and county governments to prioritize the efficient and effective implementation of development projects. It emphasizes the need for proper planning, budget management, and accountability to ensure that the allocated funds are utilized for their intended purposes.
The concerned counties, especially Nairobi, Bungoma, Mombasa, and Taita Taveta, must take immediate action to address the challenges hindering project implementation. This includes identifying and resolving bottlenecks, improving coordination between relevant departments, and enhancing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

~ Correspondent ~

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