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New Senate committee to oversee county spending

04 March 2014, 14:35 William Korir

Nairobi - The senate has created a new committee to oversee county government spending, among other new checks as they take the battle with governors to another level.

The senators unanimously passed a resolution creating the County Public Accounts Committee which will directly oversee spending at County level.

The move will see the committee probe spending patterns at county level and censure governors in-case transactions are deemed excessive or out of order.

" The Committee will undoubtedly bring focus at county level to spending patterns and ensure that there is accountability of the highest order, Mandera senator Billow Kerrow said.

His Mombasa counterpart Hassan Omar also said the committee would be welcome to address issues that have previously affected the running of county governments.

" It is prudent that we have a mechanism in place to ensure that there is good use of funds at county level and to address the issues that we have seen so far, he said.

Previously, there was a finance commitee headed by Kerrow that has probed the use of public funds at county level as was the one that handed out summons to nine governors last month.

According to sources, Kerrow's committee will continue with its role but with help from the new committee to deal with matters accountability.

The move will certainly create tension between governors and senators which has been at an all time low due to incidences that have taken place in the recent past between the two parties.

Senators had said last week that they will consider cutting down county budgets if there lacks better use of money allocated to the 47 regions.

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