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Wetangula reads mischief in County funds allocation

03 September 2014, 13:00 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD principal and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has read mischief in efforts to allow County Assemblies spend they way they want.

Wetangula was reacting to efforts by some Senators to not put a ceiling on the amount of money County Assemblies are allowed to spend.

The clamour for MCAs to be allowed to spend whatever they want was led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who said that it was upto counties to decide the amount of money they feel they want to spend.

But Wetangula feels that the clamour for such is a ploy by government to sweet talk MCAs to support their stand on certain aspects, for example the current issue over a referendum.

" It is sinister at best and we all know why they (Pro Jubilee Senators) are supporting such a move, he said.

" There have been reports of government wanting to hand the MCAs handouts to support the referendum cause. Is this a part of the ploy? Maybe, he added.

Also read: Senate recalled to deal with delay in County funds

Wetangula also insists that there is a vital need to check County spending.

" We need to ensure there is a limit to spending because we have seen the way public funds have been used to a bad extent by some of the MCAs, he argued.

The County Allocation of Revenue Bill, which has been at the centre of attention in recent weeks was finally passed by Senate Tuesday in a special session called to deal with its resolution.

The bill, which seeks to release KES 226 Billion to Counties has been delayed and last week saw Treasury forced to lend counties KES 29 Billion to pay salaries.

The bill is now awaiting presidential ascent which is expected as soon as possible.

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