Joseph Kirui-led Finance and National Planning committee on Tuesday approved Margaret Nyakang'o as the new Controller of Budget.

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Nyakang'o, 60, will now wait for Parliament debate and subsequent voting before formally being appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Before her appointment, Nyakang'o served at the Kenya Bureau of Statistics. She was also a lecturer at KCA University.

Should her name be supported by a majority of MPs, she will take over from Agnes Odhiambo, who retired in September after serving for eight years.

Last week, Nyakang'o, a CPA-K holder, told the House committee that she was worth Sh68 million. She acquired her property through mortgage.

“We have just finished repaying the loan and I have taken half of that house and put it in my declaration as part of my net worth,” Nyakango told MPs. 

She was accompanied by her husband, David Nyakango. She hails from Nyamira County.

According to her, she will be strict on government agencies spending on unbudgeted items. Also, she said that under her administration, pending bills will be a thing of the past.

“We need to build capacity on budgetary controls. All releases of funds must be related to work plans but requests are made on plans that are not budgeted in the first place. Budgeted plans are then left out hence pending bills,” Nyakango said.