MPS faulted on duplication of functions by institutions
Parliament was yesterday criticised for creating structures that end up duplicating functions that would otherwise be carried out better by the national or county governments.
Giving an expert opinion in the High Court yesterday, Dr Mutakha Kangu said with the country having settled for devolution, Kenyans should work towards strengthening counties to ensure the system works better.
Dr Kangu said Parliament, instead, came up with the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF), which he described as unconstitutional.
“Parliament has continued to establish funds outside the framework of devolution, bringing serious accountability questions,” he said.
He added: “The biggest threat to devolution is failure by both the national and county governments to appreciate and fully understand the concept of inter-governmental relations,” he said.
He said he had no problem with books balancing but was concerned with whether Kenyans get value for money. “The very creation of more structures is unnecessary. It comes with more costs. Even without using the counties, the national government can still initiate projects through existing structures such as line ministries or the provincial administration, among others,” he said.
Dr Kangu was giving evidence in a case filed by Ms Wanjiru Gikonyo and Mr Cornelius Oduor, who have challenged the constitutionality of the NGCDF Act. The two argue that the law establishing the fund goes against the concept of division of functions and public finance.