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MCAs spend Ksh.3 billion in travel allowances within three months.

Rewritten Report:

A recent report by the Controller of Budget sheds light on the extravagant spending of Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) on both domestic and international travel. The findings from the first quarter of the 2023-2024 financial year expose MCAs who collectively utilized over Ksh.3 billion in travel allowances within a mere three months.

The report has singled out the Controller of Budget, Dr. Margaret Nyakango, who has expressed concern about what she deems as unnecessary and excessive foreign and local travel. The figures reveal a considerable portion of the expenditure going towards foreign trips, raising questions about the approval process for such travels.

Notably, Nairobi’s MCAs top the list in local travel spending, utilizing Ksh.94 million in three months, averaging Ksh.31 million monthly. Additionally, they spent Ksh.8.9 million on unauthorized foreign trips during the same period.

Migori County MCAs are also flagged for their spending, with Ksh.81 million allocated to local travel and Ksh.2.7 million spent in Tanzania, Uganda, and Norway within three months.

In Mombasa County, MCAs surpassed their local travel expenses with foreign trips, pocketing Ksh.17 million for visits to upscale destinations such as Singapore, Turkey, Dubai, and Switzerland.

Narok County MCAs are marked as frequent local travelers, spending a substantial Ksh.45.5 million within three months. Marsabit County MCAs did not embark on foreign trips but incurred considerable expenses on local travel during the same period.

The report also highlights Nyamira County Assembly’s expenditure of Ksh.32 million on travel and Nakuru County MCAs spending Ksh.40.9 million locally, along with Ksh.9.7 million in Arusha (Tanzania), Kampala (Uganda), and Indiana (United States of America).

The Controller of Budget emphasizes the need for county assemblies to obtain clearance from the Devolution Ministry and Department before undertaking foreign travels. This, she argues, would contribute to substantial savings for taxpayers.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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