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There's no funds for development, says Governor

14 January 2014, 12:10 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Bungoma Governor Ken Lusaka has absolved himself of blame concerning allegations that most of the governors have used devolved funds on other activities apart from development.

Speaking after a meeting with the chairperson of the Constitution Implementation Commission (CIC), Charles Nyachae at his office on Monday, Lusaka noted that all the counties have mammoth expenditures especially in paying of workforce, which has forced them to pump more money into paying salaries.

Last week, the controller of budget, Agnes Odhiambo released a report on the County government expenditures, which elicited sharp reactions in most counties as the report revealed that all counties prioritized the paying of salaries of their staff at the expense of development.

From the report, 27 County governments failed to spend any money on development and they did not request for money for projects, according to the Controller of Budget. Counties only spent KES 13 billion out of the KES 40 billion that was set aside for them in the four-month period between July and October, 2013.

“Governors have been derided lately for spending less of the devolved funds on development and more on other expenditures. It should be known that all governors in this country want development, but you cannot pump more money into development if your workforce is not paid,” said Lusaka, who noted that the piecemeal disbursement of funds to the counties from the central government has posed a challenge to most counties.

Lusaka at the same time appealed to senators in the country to cultivate a working relationship with governors, noting that they have a constitutional duty to protect devolution.

“Some senators have recently been on a warpath with us governors, they should know that our roles are related in a symbiotic manner;  we should speak in one voice and stop squabbles in public for the sake of development and for those who elected us,” said Lusaka.

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