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Counties to be reimbursed money used in building headquarters

24 October 2015, 09:32 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - An Ad hoc Committee from the Senate is set to table a motion on completion of its findings recommending reimbursement to County Governments the monies they have spent putting up office facilities.

The committee appointed last July said most of the counties did not have offices to operate from when they were constituted and therefore have been spending funds meant for other development activities to put up office facilities.

Led by the chairman who is Nyandarua Senator, Muriuki Karue, the committee said such counties had reason to put up the facilities especially offices for their Governors and staff.

He said the motion will compel the national government to reimburse them all the money they have spent on the new infrastructure.

They, however, said some of the counties inherited already existing infrastructure especially offices formerly used by the defunct Local Authorities therefore needed no reimbursement.

“The money being spent on the new infrastructure should have been used to provide other necessary services like water and roads but due to shortcomings during transition, this was not the case hence the hardships some counties are experiencing,” he said.

Speaking after inspecting the ongoing KES 385 million office complex in Kutus town, Kirinyaga County, Karue added that some counties inherited inadequate facilities hence the need to put up new ones.

He was accompanied by West Pokot Senator, John Lonyangapuo and his nominated colleague, Fatuma Dullo.

The Senators blamed the Transition Authority for failing to compel national government to release millions of shillings which had been set aside for infrastructure purposes for counties which did not have offices like Tharaka-Nithi and Kirinyaga.

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