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City Finance Chief Kerich to Oversee All County Projects

GBR Team 22/07/2019

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has elevated County Finance Minister Charles Kerich to oversee all county projects with other county ministries directed to report to him.

In a circular named Executive Order No 1 of 2019, the governor said Kerich’s office will also periodically communicate to the public on the progress of development projects and report the same to the Governor.

Kerich currently serves as the CEC Finance, a post he retains. Last month he unveiled a KES35.2bn (US$3.5bn) budget for the county.

KES10.9bn ($1.1bn) or 32 per cent of the total budget will go to development projects which Kerich will supervise.

The largest development allocations are for Public Works and Transport at KES3.64bn (US$36m) which is down 40 per cent from the KES6bn ($60m) given the previous budget year;and Ward Development at KES1.3bn up 216 per cent from KES411m the year prior.

Others are Health at Sh658m which grew 9.5 per cent from Sh601m in 2018.

The Governor and Deputy Governor’s Office saw a 188 per cent increase in allocation at Sh648m up from Sh225m.

Finance and Economic Planning has a development budget of Sh594m up 343 per cent from Sh134m the previous year, while Trade and Commerce got Sh473m an increase from the Sh327m allocated previously.

Kerich has previously served as CEC in other portfolios including Lands and ICT.

He was lately instrumental in overseeing the transition of County online payment services from third-party provider Jambopay to the County’s own system.

He previously worked in the private sector in the media industry where he was Group Chief Editor for Radio Africa Group.