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Governors plead with governement to raise devolution budget

12 May 2014, 17:54 William Korir

Nairobi - A deficit in budget estimates for the upcoming financial year has had governors scrambling for support from the senate to have it bumped up.

Governors say that there is a deficit of KES 14 billion in their budget which currently stands at KES 226 billion.

They want it pushed up to KES 240 billion to help them deal with the every-day running of their devolved units.

Governors council boos Isaac Ruto says that there is need to have the figure raised to facilitate ease in running affairs in the 47 devolved units and says that they will lobby the senate to have the figure raised.

" We have a deficit of KES 14 billion which is a huge amount. We are talking to the senate and the government to see if the figure can be raised, Ruto said.

" Yes, we need to see more allocation of funds for devolution to enhance development at county level and that will only be done with support from the government, he added.

Ruto also said that there will be better coordination between governors and the senate to facilitate growth having agreed to put their differences aside to aid devolution.

" We have put our differences aside and hope that it will help devolution which has unfortunately been dampened by the unnecessary wars, he added.

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