Kisumu Governor-elect Anyang Nyong’o has cut down the Sh12 million budget for his swearing-in ceremony to Sh1 million.
Nyong’o said the money should be used to help needy people in the county and cater for hospital bills for people hurt during post-election demonstrations.
The outgoing Senator noted many residents were seriously injured during the protests and need food and medicine.
According to Kisumu Residents Voice Association chairman Audi Ogada, 14 of 47 people were shot and injured.
Nyong’o has set up a tent at Kisumu sports grounds where victims of police brutality can record their details.
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Through his campaign manager Nerry Achar, the outgoing Senator said on Friday that Sh1 million will used for transport, water and sodas.
Achar said 200 representatives from each of the seven sub-counties will be ferried to the ceremony.
The sub-counties are Seme, Kisumu West, Nyakach, Nyando, Kisumu Central, Muhoroni and Kisumu East.
Noting the swearing-in is funded by the government, Achar said the incoming county boss does not want money wasted.
He said Sh1 million should be enough for any public function.
“The venue is ours so Nyong’o felt we should not waste it because it is not necessary to spend Sh12 million,” the manager said, adding this was the budget the transition committee gave the Devolution ministry.
He added this figure was meant for lunch for delegates and residents.
Achar said preparations are in top gear as the committee chaired by county commissioner Maalim Mohammed has been having meetings.
He said the Monday event will take place from 8am to 1pm at Kenyatta sports grounds in Kisumu city.
Among those expected to attend the ceremony are international guests, considering Nyong’o’s wide network.
The outgoing Senator will be sworn in alongside Deputy Governor-elect Mathews Owili.
Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Mike Sonko (Nairobi) and Hassan Joho (Mombasa) also cut their swearing-in budgets.
Alfred Mutua of Machakos was inaugurated on Thursday.
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