This morning Geoffrey Kerosi- Program Officer; Policy Research & Budgeting, was hosted by Mtaani Radio to discuss Nairobi City County Budget for Financial Year 2018/2019 and what it has in store for the residents of Dagoretti North and South Constituencies. Two main issues were on the agenda. First, reviewing ongoing development projects funded by Nairobi Ward Development Fund and to review the Liquor Licensing Board mandate and budgetary allocation for FY 2018/2019.
In Kenya there are numerous funds which have been created by law both at the national and county level. The National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF) established in 2003 is the most popular among all the known funds. At the county level there are funds such as the Emergency Fund and Ward Development Fund. For the purpose of this article, let us take a look at the Ward Development Fund (WDF) in Nairobi County.
This fund was created by Nairobi City County Ward Development Fund Act, 2014. It should ideally consist not less than 5% of all ordinary revenue of the County’s ordinary revenue in every financial year. The county management committee ensures that funds are distributed to the 85 wards in Nairobi. In return the wards are required by law to prepare and submit annual reports and returns on how they used the funds. They also consider project proposals submitted from various wards and make recommendations to the county assembly.
According to the Nairobi City County Integrated Development Plan 2018-2022, the following projects are at various stages of completion:
- Grading, graveling and drainage improvement in Kawangware Ward which was allocated Ksh. 16.9 million. This was reported to have been 50% complete by the time the integrated plan was published and presented to the members of the public.
- Graveling and murruming of various roads such as Gakunya lane, Jubilee Lane, Jimmy Lane, Murage Lane, Market Lane, Twaiba Lane, Elshadai Lane, Imani Lane, Kiamboni Lane and Macharia Road. This was allocated a total of Ksh. 17 million.
- The ongoing installation of street lighting within Gatina Ward was funded by Ward Development Fund to a tune of Ksh. 16.7 million.
- The ongoing street lighting in Waithaka Ward was allocated a total of Ksh. 17 Million.
- The renovation & roofing of both classes and administration blocks in Kilimani and Milimani Nursery Schools was allocated Ksh. 7 million. It is reported to be ongoing.
Nairobi County Liquor Licensing Board
Nairobi County’s liquor Licensing Board was established by Alcoholic Drinks Control & Licensing Act, 2014. It is a 10-member body which is made up of:
- Chairperson appointed by the Governor;
- County Director of Health;
- County Police Commander;
- The County Commissioner;
- One (1) representative of relevant agency;
- Four (4) persons appointed by the governor who are conversant with trade and health matters and;
- Chief Officer for Trade who serves as the Board Secretary.
The main function of the board is to implement national government policy on control and regulations of alcoholic drinks. Most of the work is done by the 17 Sub County Alcoholic Drinks Control Licensing Committee which issues licenses to pubs, bars, wines and spirits and other liquor selling outlets. The committee is made up of 11 members in each constituency.
The Liquor Licensing Board was allocated Ksh. 287.8 million as its operating budget for FY 2018/2019. This is not an ordinary allocation since the board will raise its own resources through Appropriation in Aid (AiA). This means that whatever amount the board will be spending it will raise it from issuing licenses. This is why in the budget under revenue section the board is expected to raise an equal amount to its total expenditure for the year.
According to the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), Nairobi County is currently leading in changaa consumption at 7.2% of the total city population followed closely by former western province at 7.1%. This illegal liquor consumption is what the board was established to fight. According to World Health Organization (WHO), excessive consumption of alcohol causes 2.5 million deaths per year and it’s the third leading risk factor for poor health all over the world.
Based on the above premises, the Liquor Licensing Board in Nairobi County should be supported in its crack-down on illegal alcohol consumption for the sake of promoting good health and controlling unnecessary premature deaths of people who should be actively contributing to the economy.
You can watch the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov05CEgpiWI&feature=youtu.be