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Increased cash a boost for devolution

04 April 2014, 14:03

Nairobi - The proposed increased allocation by the central government to county governments will be a huge boost to devolution.

If the division of revenue bill is supported by parliament, there will be an increase of upto KES 36 Billion from the central government to the county authorities.

That will be a boost which will see the counties get upto KES 226 Billion though still slightly off the KES 270 Billion they expected to be allocated.

Nevertheless, the intended allocation will be a boost to devolution as agreed by a number of governors.

" It is great news and it will boost devolution, Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya said.

His Bomet counterpart Isaac Ruto was equivocal that there will be growth in the country with the increased funding.

" The country will improve because the money will go directly to Kenyans and that is what we want to see, he said.

As did his Nairobi counterpart Evans Kidero.

" Devolution is the key to the growth of the country and with the extra funding, it will lift prospects even further.

The governors are meeting in Kwale County during the ongoing governors conference to discuss the gains made and lessons learnt in one year of devolution.

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