Governors demand release of funds to counties

Governors demand release of funds to counties
Turkana County governor Josphat Nanok addressing journalists at a past event

The Council of Governors is demanding Treasury releases funds to all the 47 counties.

In a letter to Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, signed by CoG chair Josphat Nanok, the governors are also demanding the monies be disbursed to counties on a monthly basis and no later than the 15th day of the month as the law stipulates.

In the letter dated October 10th 2017, the governors indicated that Kenyans continue to suffer due to what they termed as the “illegal act of delaying disbursement of the county monies.”

“The continued delay and breach of the law has led to untold suffering for citizens in the counties leading to interrupted delivery of services and stalling of development projects,” read the letter.

According to reports, counties have for the past four months been hard hit because of delay by the national government in disbursing the funds to the devolved units, which the CoG says has attributed to the nurses impasse.

In the Public Finance Act, 2012 under section 17(6), National Treasury is mandated to disburse funds to the counties at the beginning of every month and in any event not later than the fifteenth day from the commencement of the quarter.

This follows an allocation of Ksh.329.1 billion in the 2017/2018 budget against the Ksh.288 billion they got in the 2015/2016 financial year.

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