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'I Said No' Simba Arati Rejects Ksh.57M Set Aside For His Swearing-In, Office Renovations.

A number of county governments are under fire over plans to spend millions of shillings on the inaugural ceremonies, which are only scheduled to last for 4 hours, between 10am and 2pm, as the newly elected county governors get ready to take their oaths of office on Thursday, August 24.

As an example, it has been revealed that the Assumption of Office of Governor Committee in Kisii County had budgeted Ksh. 57 million for the swearing-in of Governor-elect Simba Arati and his deputy.

Simba Arati, the incoming governor of Kisii, made the admission on Wednesday, emphasizing that he had rejected the funding and suggested that it be reduced to Ksh.3.5 million.

"Ksh. 57 million had been allocated as the budget for taking office following my election. It is now only Ksh. 3.5 million. Due to the TV advertisements they had already purchased and for live coverage, it will only go up by Ksh. 600,000, Arati said.

"I cannot spend Ksh. 57 million," he continued, "when citizens of Kisii lack access to water and hospitals and dispensaries in the county lack medicine."

Arati said that Ksh.33 million of the Ksh.57 million had been set aside by the county's assumption of office committee for the purchase of a new car for the governor and his deputy.

Arati adds that Ksh. 7 million and Ksh. 6 million had been set aside separately for the construction and renovation of the governor's office and residence, respectively. Additionally, Ksh. 10 million had been set aside just for the swearing-in ceremony on Thursday.

The incoming governor claims he doesn't require a new vehicle and will remodel the offices at no cost to the County Government.

"By working together to calculate the costs, we were able to reduce the budget from Ksh. 57 million to Ksh. 3.5 million. They wanted to spend Ksh. 33,000,000 on a new vehicle for the governor and deputy governor, Ksh. 7,000,000 to renovate offices, Ksh. 6,000,000 to build the governor's residence, and Ksh. 10,000,000 for tomorrow's event, he said.

"I refused. I drive a car. I am unable to disregard it and request a fresh one. I'll use mine. If the people of Kisii gain something from it, I'll even provide the fuel. In the event that he doesn't have a vehicle, my deputy can utilize the former governor's automobile. Let's put that Ksh. 33 million to good use since we already have cars, Arati said.

Arati stated in regards to the Governor's mansion that he would not permit the county to continue renting an official residence and would instead wait until one is built.

"The departing governor occupied a rented home. In that case, I won't occupy those premises; instead, I'll wait till the Governor's home is built, he declared.

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