A report just released by the WORLD BANK has rated Homa Bay County among the TEN out of the 47 Counties that met the 30 per cent expenditure threshold on development. In the report published in the Daily Nation, Homa Bay is ranked 6th after Wajir, Turkana, Bomet, Machakos and Muranga.
The report says Homa Bay, singled out as the best in Nyanza, has so far spent 35 per cent of its total allocation on on-going development projects.
This is despite the fact that just like other Counties,Homa bay spent a huge percentage of its allocation on the Wage Bill. Out of the Ksh 4.9 b Homa Bay gets each financial year, Ksh 2.2 billion goes to the wage bill. The County Assembly takes in another Sh 1 billion, leaving the County Government with a paltry Ksh 1.7 Billion to fund development projects in all the Ten Ministries and re-current expenditure.
The World Bank report says that only KSh 20, out of every KSh 100 sent to county governments went to paying salaries. This is because the County Governments inherited a massive percentage of workers previously employed by the defunct local authorities. Homa Bay has initiated projects in Agriculture, Infrastructure, water, Education, Energy and Health.