The Department of Finance, ICT and Economic Planning plays a key and strategic role within the overall structure of the County government. The Department Plays the role of the County Treasury as advocated in the Public Finance Management Act 2012 and the County Government Act 2012 as well as other related Acts. The mandate of the Department is “to facilitate the management of financial resources, coordinate the County development planning, policy formulation and implementation for economic development. Specifically these are outlined as:
- County Economic Planning and Budgeting Management
- County Financial Resources Management and Control.
- County Resources Mobilization Support Services
- County Information, Communication and Technology Management and Support Services.
Over the year since the advent of devolution, the County government has managed to play its key roles to co-ordinate the implementation of its functions as advocated by the Public Financial Management Act 2012. Some of the notable achievements include;
- The implementation of the requirements of Integrated Financial Management Information System modules.
- Continuous reforms in the revenue sector aimed at completely automating the management system aiming at a fully cashless system by use of the paybills, USSD models and integrating the banking sector with the automated system.
- Fully equipping of the County Information and Documentation Centre and formation of E-library services.
- Provision of the internet connectivity across the County and revamping of the Nyamira County Website.
- Continued up scaling of the budget formulation process with the recent achievement by the County awarded certificate for having prepared the best County Budget Review Outlook Paper 2020.
- Improving the budget implementation process by the Budget Implementation guidelines where programme based approached has been adopted. Enhancing public participation and civic education as a way of fully involving the public on implementation of the government programmes.
- Enactment of the Health Facility Improvement Fund Act 2022 and the Community Health Volunteers Act 2022. The FIF is particularly meant to improve revenue collection in the Health Facilities in the County.
- Payment of pending bills at 87% out of Ksh. 334 million projected.
- Full payment of ECDE Teachers Arrears at Ksh 72 million.
- The recent reviewed County Budget Review Outlook Paper 2022 to be tabled to the County Assembly soonest has identified a number of issues ranging from the inclusion of the priority concerns in the Governors Manifesto, the revenue performance and expenditure performances, conditional grants which were received late after the closure of the financial year, salary increments for Executive and Members of County Assembly that need to be addressed in the 1st Supplementary Budget 2022/2023.
- The County Government is in the process of preparing its next generation of County Plans which include the County Integrated Development Plan 2023-2027; The County Sector Plan 2023-2033 and the County Spatial Plan 2023-2033 as envisions in the County Government Act 2012. In addition is the Municipal Plan 2023-2027 as envisions in the Urban and Cities Act 2011. These must be concluded in December 2022.
- The Annual Development Plan 2023/2024 was not tenable to be delivered by 30th September 2022 since this would have been an extract from the County Integrated Development Plan 2023-2027 being prepared, the County Treasury had earlier on forwarded a memorandum requesting for the extension of time which the County Assembly need to approve.
- The County Treasury has initiated the enactment of several funds to be approved by the county assembly which include Nyamira revolving fund 2022 and its subsequent regulations, the regulations operationalizing the FIF Act 2022 and the Finance Bill 2022.
- The County treasury will initiate the review of the Car and Mortgage Fund, Education Support Fund and Emergency Fund. These funds have witnessed some implementation challenges which do not conform to the Public Finance Management Act 2012 and therefore the need for urgent amendments.