Nairobi County MCAS Slash Development Budget Allocation To Fund Car Grants

While campaigning for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), President Kenyatta announced Sh2 million car grant for every MCA. This according to experts was to lure the members to pass the BBI Bill.

Nairobi County MCAS Slash Development Budget Allocation To Fund Car Grants
Luxurious car illustration photo. [Source/ Courtesy]

City-County assembly members recently agreed to reduce the allocation meant for development fund by Sh1.1 billion in order to finance their car grants.

Other than the car grants, the Ward Reps. will also enjoy up to Ksh19.7 million funding for committees' quarterly retreats. Further, another Sh17 million will be channeled to the county's sports association tournament.

Out of the Sh1.1 billion amount target, Sh0.5 billion will be slashed from the Assembly Service Board (CASPB) allocation, while Sh0.6 billion taken from the allocation dedicated to building an office for every MCA.

Further, the Liquor licensing board will also suffer Sh75 million allocation deduction. 

"That in order to fully cater for car grants, the development budget for the County Assembly Service Board is reduced by Ksh500 million and the recurrent expenditure for liquor licensing board be reduced by Ksh75 million" Budget and Appropriation Chair Robert Mbatia stated.

Defending the development allocation slash, Mr. Mbatia noted how they had sacrificed the luxury of having physical offices to fund the car grants. 

The City MCAS will become the pioneer beneficiaries for the car grants pledged by President Kenyatta as an incentive to have the county assemblies endorse the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

This will end up with car loans advanced to the Ward Representatives being converted into grants, with each MCA set to pocket at least Sh2 million.