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Governors blame MCA's for poor county spending

09 February 2015, 17:34 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Governors have refused to take full blame for the level of County spending on development, saying that Members of County Assemblies are the transgressors.

The Governors have been under pressure ever since a report last week put their respective governments spending at under 10%.

But in a rejoinder Monday, the governors say that they have been unfairly targeted and that they are not the only ones who are in charge of county spending.

" It is not possible to rank counties based on how they spent money because that is determined by the respective county assembly and not the Governors. We can only ask them to approve and not force them to," The Council of Governors chair Isaac Ruto said Monday.

They also said that with the figures, it was obvious that there is need for more funds for the development of counties.

" No county allocated less than 30% for development and the funds have already been committed. It shows that there is need for more funds to be injected," he added.

The Governors also protested their innocence after they missed out on the opening ceremony of the recent programme by the president Uhuru Kenyatta pledging machinery to government hospitals.

After they were rebuked severally, Ruto said that they were not informed of the ceremony in advance and also said that they had not been briefed on the matter.

" There was an agreement between the council and the ministry but that was a general agreement.

" We did not snub the State House function on Friday. Health is a devolved function and we required more consultations. We have never sat down with the ministry to agree on details and how the equipment will be managed at the county level.

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