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MCAs oppose proposal to disburse county cash monthly

19 August 2013, 11:53 Arap Yego

Bungoma - A proposal by the national government to disburse devolution funds on a monthly basis has been faulted by a section of Bungoma Members of the County Assembly (MCAs).

The Treasury last week announced that it will disburse money to the counties every month, discarding an earlier plan of releasing the money to the devolved governments on a quarterly basis.

Speaking to the media, the MCAs led by Majority Leader in Bungoma County Assembly Majimbo Okumu, said the move by the Treasury and Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich goes against the spirit of devolution.

Majimbo said the proposal of monthly piecemeal disbursement of funds to the counties shows the unwillingness of the national government to implement devolution.

“As leaders, we feel that it is not proper to disburse the funds on the 15th day of every month; we will reject such move with the contempt it deserves  and mobilise our other colleagues in the country to do the same,” said Majimbo, who is also the Khalaba Ward County representative.

He observed that if the proposal is endorsed, it will slow down development in the various counties and advised that devolution should be implemented as per the constitution that was promulgated in 2010.

“The Central government previously used to disburse funds to the districts on quarterly basis. The same should be done to counties which are a conglomeration of districts,” urged Majimbo.

Ben Kipkut, the Chesikaki Ward Representative, echoed his comments and noted that the government should not display half-heartedness with the devolution process.

“Devolution is all about devolving leadership and most importantly resources to the grassroots. The process cannot take off smoothly if the national government devolves funds monthly. This will be detrimental to development as planning ahead may prove to be difficult,” said Kipkut.

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