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Senators urged to visit counties and assess projects

24 October 2014, 16:12 John Kioko

Kwale - The chairman of the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) Micah Cheserem has urged governors to reveal development projects they have undertaken in their respective counties to senators.

He said governors are working on many projects and instead of revealing them to senators, they have been engaged in the battle of supremacy

Cheserem was addressing a consultative meeting with governors at Leisure Lodge Resort on Thursday on draft recommendation for second generation revenue sharing formula.

“We see a lot of work you have done as governors on the ground being pioneers and so you need to take people from Nairobi to see what is happening on the ground," he said.

He was cut short by Kiambu Governor, William Kabogo, who said that senators are not from mars but come from the same counties.

Cheserem said that the problem with governors is that they have not shown senators the projects they are working on in the counties.

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“I am really requesting that you welcome them and show them what you have done on the ground. Some counties like Kiambu things have been done but we want the senators to see them," he added.

Cheserem said that the second generation revenue is supposed to bring marginalized counties to be like the rest in 20 years time.

“The formula we are going to show you is not necessary to make everything happen because no formula can give you enough money," he added.

Wajir Governor, Ahmed Abdulahi said that it is good for governors to give their views on the formula.

“The solution is not so much about what come to them but increasing that allocation to counties so that allocation can cover costs and have some money for development," said Abdulahi.

He said that CRA has a constitutional mandate in input into the vertical allocation in splitting funds between national and counties.

“The noises around on split of money between counties and national government Pesa Mashinani talk a lot of it could have been averted if independent  institutions like CRA was given  more prominent role like they do in constitution to determine how much to go to the counties," he added.

He said that that if last year suggestion by CRA for counties to be given KES 279 billion would have been accepted, counties would not be where they are today.

Council of Governors vice chair Salim Mvurya said the meeting is very important since it will determine the next level of county funding.

Mvurya said that the formula will ensure counties deliver services to all 40 million Kenyans to avoid a situation where all funds allocated to counties is taken to operation because of insufficient funding.

He also took issues with matters he claimed have not been resolved like 14 counties supposed to get equalisation have not yet received them up to now.

“And this is an issue which CRA and its partners should take on board because there was a reasons equalisation funds were set aside. Level five hospitals are not funded also, most of the counties have a struggling health sector due to lack of funds," added Mvurya.

Mvurya said that governors are committed to accountability within the framework of the law noting that the issue should not be used to deny counties funds.

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