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Counties receive KES 287 B as MPs decry devolved corruption

04 June 2015, 10:38 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Counties will get KES 287 billion for the financial year 2015/16 budgetary allocation after MPs agreed to approve an additional KES 3.3 billion.

The KES 3.3 billion increment to counties was reached through a mediation committee of Budget and Appropriation committee from both Houses after National Assembly members initially opposed the Senators' proposal to have the money added to counties.

However, the MPs criticized the governors for massive misappropriation of county funds instead of spearheading development to better lives of poor residents.  

“Governors have created frightening situation out there through misappropriation of funds. We devolved corruption contrary to the Constitution and citizens’ expectations,” claimed the National Assembly Budget and Appropriations committee chairman, Mutava Musyimi.

“I come from Embu County where such corruption practices are evident and my fellow MPs can concur with me on their counties’ situation,” he added.

Musyimi said the MPs’ criticism to county bosses did not mean they are opposed to devolution but that they instead wanted residents to realize the value of the money allocated to counties.

National Assembly Minority Leader, Adan Duale blamed the Judiciary for reinstating governors impeached by the Senate after being found guilty of misappropriation of funds and abuse of office.  

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“Outrageous things are happening in this country. The Senate impeached Embu Governor, Martin Wambora but courts reinstated him despite being found culpable of misuse of county funds,” said Duale.

“We want Senate to be keen to ensure governors are held accountable. Senators should go to Siaya, Makueni and other counties to question how the allocated funds were utilized,” he added.

Laikipia East MP, Mutahi Kimaru accused governors of misuse and misallocation of funds due failure to devise the counties’ set of priorities.

“Development priorities of counties by governors are upside down. My Laikipia County Governor has spent KES 3 million to buy five dogs from Germany which have no use to the county.  He also bought old and dilapidated craters and refurbished them but when we raised questions on their conditions, he returned the craters to the owners,” claimed Kimaru.

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