Governors demand May, June allocation from Treasury
28 June 2015, 16:00
Nairobi - Treasury has not handed County Governments their allocations for May and June, Council of Governors Chairman Peter Munya has revealed.
Munya said Sunday that the move, which he says has crippled cash flow at County level and thus ensured slower service delivery is to be blamed on the lack of cooperation from Treasury who he accused of sabotaging devolution.
" Shockingly, the National Treasury released to some County Revenue Funds money meant for May as late as Thursday, 25 June 2015. Article 207 (3) of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 provides that county governments cannot withdraw money from the County Revenue Funds unless the Controller of Budgets has approved that withdrawal," Munya said.
He also said that the natural process of release of funds was also a hindrance.
"Naturally, this process of requesting the Controller's approval takes a minimum of three working days before the approval is taken to the Central Bank of Kenya where it takes another one working day before such money is available for County Governments' expenditure," he added.
Munya said that the National Treasury was supposed to have released the monies, including those for April on and not later than 15 April 2015.
" The National Treasury is therefore in breach of the Constitution and the law. County governments will close the year on 30 June 2015 and prepare a refund statement pursuant to Section 136 of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012," Munya explained.
The protest comes just a few days after Deputy President William Ruto defended the government over its stance on devolution, stating that it had done its very best to ensure that devolved units get as much help as they can.
" Devolved governments have received help from the government to set up and will continue to do so in the coming years with added funding and access to various facilities.
The revelation comes amidst the push by County governments and the opposition to have more funds be allocated to devolved units via a referendum.
County bosses want 40% of national revenue dedicated to devolution.
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