Nyong’o slashes swearing-in budget to Sh1m from Sh12m

Kisumu Governor-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o has slashed the Sh12 million budget for his swearing-in ceremony on Monday to Sh1 million.

Nyong’o said the money should be used to help needy people.

His campaign manager Nerry Achar said the Sh1million will be used for transport, water and sodas. He said 200 representatives from Seme, Kisumu West, Nyakach, Nyando, Kisumu Central, Muhoroni and Kisumu East subcounties will attend the ceremony.

Achar said the ceremony is funded by the state.

“The transition committee was asked to draft a budget by the Devolution ministry and it came up with a figure of Sh12million,” he said.

“The governor felt that even if the state is funding the function, we should not be wasteful. He said it is not right to spend all that money,” Achar said.

He said preparations for the swearing-in are in top gear and the transition committee chaired by county commissioner Maalim Mohammed has been meeting.

Achar said the event will start at 8am to 1pm in Kenyatta sports grounds in Kisumu. Nyong’o will be sworn in with deputy governor Mathews Owili.

The outgoing Kisumu senator said the excess cash can be used to pay the hospital bills for the victims of post-election violence in the county.

Nyong’o said several people were seriously injured during the protests.

Among them was six-month baby Samantha Pendo, who died after being clobbered on the head by anti-riot police last Friday.

Pendo went into a coma for three days and succumbed to severe head injuries. Another man was shot dead by police in Maseno.

According to Kisumu Residents Voice Association chairman Audi Ogada, 14 people out of the 47 with serious injuries had gunshot wounds.

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