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Governors push for more funds to counties

13 March 2014, 17:48 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Governors are pushing for more allocation of over KES 238 billion to the counties to cater for the running of various devolved functions approved by the Transition Authority.

Wajir Governor, Ahmed Abdullahi who is also the Chairman of the Finance and Economic Affairs Committee of the Council of Governors told the Budget and Appropriation Committee of the National Assembly chaired by Gachoka MP, Hon. Mutava Musyimi that more funds has to be allocated to the counties for effectiveness in county management.

"We have approached the National Assembly's Budget and Appropriation committee in a negotiable manner seeking for additional allocation of KES 238,227 billion to cater for devolved county functions for easier running of the counties," said Abdullahi.

He noted counties were allocated KES 350 billion to cater for preliminary functions in the last budget but due to added devolved functions, more money is needed.

"We want this allocation to be done according to the constitution's provision to avoid quarrels between the Senate and National Assembly. Once released, the funds will be allocated to every county according to reality of the county budget requirements especially in terms of population," noted Abdullahi.

He reiterated that the funds will cater for county budget items such as added 11.5% expenditure growth adjustment, added cost of pension for staff for devolved functions, added cost of new county structures and added administration cost for new county structures.

Abdullahi lashed out claims that governors have failed to appear before the Senate's inquiry for accountability to the counties' expenditure holding that the Senate has not procedurally called them for the accountability test.

Kiambu Governor, William Kabogo urged the national government to seek for funds and give public servants as a send-off package in an effort to reduce the huge wage bill other than forced retrenchment which he noted it will immensely contribute to unemployment.  

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