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Auditor-General raises alarm over proposed Ksh.3B cut in flood mitigation budget

Auditor-General raises alarm over proposed Ksh.3B cut in flood mitigation budget

Auditor General Nancy Gathungu at a previous position. | FILE

Auditor-General Nancy Gathungu has warned against the government’s proposal to cut the flood control budget by more than €3 billion.

Gathungu, who appeared before the National Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday, said the revision of budget estimates indicates inadequate allocation for recovery programmes.

These include flood mitigation and food security at a time when the country needs the resources to recover from the devastation caused by floods estimated at more than €80 billion.

“The revision of the 2024/2025 budget estimates indicates an inadequate allocation for recovery programs such as flood mitigation and food security, pointing to potential problems with other competing priorities and an underestimation of the targeted risks,” Gathungu said.

“The total budget has been reduced by approximately 955 billion from the estimated expenditure of 4.4 billion in previous years in the sample programs indicated in the table on flood mitigation and food security initiatives.”

The Auditor General has also expressed concern over the proposal to cut its budget by over Ksh.270 million, saying the move will impact operations including the preparation of audit reports.