Residents of Vihiga County stand to be a happy lot with the signing of the Vihiga County Disaster Management Bill, 2019.
The bill which is among the key pillars of Governor Ottichilo’s manifesto seeks to establish an institutional framework with a technical wing that will help solve disasters such as the Corona Pandemic, floods , landslides, drought, accidents among others.
“This is a critical bill as it is also recognized in the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) in setting up of a Disaster Fund and Disaster Act,” said the County Boss. He further noted that plans are underway to have a full-time insitutional framework that will help form an independent committee which will manage the fund. “The County Government Act provided that we make an allocation of 2% of our annual budget into the disaster fund,” noted the Governor.
In her remarks, County Assembly speaker who was accompanied by a host of Members of County Assembly (MCAs), Honorable Hasna Mudeizi, noted that the process has been tedious especially as the country faces the Covid-19 pandemic. “Getting MCAs to have sessions and debate over the bills has not been easy. Am however grateful that my colleagues found time and have managed to reach this far. Regulations make us do things as a government in the right way and therefore the bills are a plus to operations of this county. They also help curb spending harpharzadly since there are set guidelines on spending,” said the speaker.
Other Bills signed include the Vihiga County Early Childhood Education Bill,2019 and The Vihiga County Finance Bill, 2020.
The Education Bill provides room for improvement of infrastructure in ECDE centres as well as recruitment of the teachers and feeding of the school going children who need proper care.
The Finance Bill on the other hand seeks to execute provisions of the Finance Act that will help the county meet set targets of revenue collection. According to the Governor, this financial year the county has a set target of 216million as far a revenue collection is concerned. For the bill to be more effective, the county Incorporated the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) to ensure traders are not over taxed.