Hillary Mageka and Antony Mwangi Inadequate budgetary allocation and high legal costs are some of the challenges that affect operations in the Controller of Budget\u2019s office, hence undermining the holder\u2019s ability to discharge their constitutional mandate. Outgoing CoB Agnes Odhiambo, who exited office on Monday after serving an eight-year non-renewable term has also cited insufficient office space and dysfunctional lifts at Bima House, the headquarters of the budget office, as part of issues that hindered her from discharging her duties. \u201cThe office of the CoB cannot work efficiently with the meagre allocations availed by Treasury,\u201d she said. In the report dubbed \u201cend of term 2011-2019\u201d, Odhiambo said despite the tremendous strides made by the office of CoB, there were myriad of challenges that affected its operations and ability to discharge its constitutional mandate effectively. Engage donors In her 10-point recommendations, she said just like any other public entity, there are some areas where her office was not adequately funded. She said on public sensitisation where her office is required to organise forums to educate the public on the need to participate in the budget-making process and present their challenges on budget implementation, resources were never availed. \u201cParliament should consider increasing the budget of the office so as to deliver on all the mandates as is required by law,\u201d Odhiambo recommends in the report. \u201cThe office should also engage the donor community for increased funding where funds are not available from the exchequer,\u201d she adds. Increase funding In view of the central role the CoB plays in the implementation of the budgets, she says the office gets enjoined as a party to a majority of the court cases. Odhiambo cited the numerous lawsuits against both the national and county governments, which have resulted in high legal costs associated with legal representation. \u201cThere is need to increase funding on legal services as the office is likely to be involved in many court cases,\u201d she said. The former CoB further said her office had inadequate space to accommodate her staff and provide adequate storage space for library and registry offices. She said access to the office by even people living with disabilities is severely affected by dysfunctional lifts.