The coun­ties spend too lit­tle on de­vel­op­ment

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

It is a scan­dal that in the se­cond and third years of de­vo­lu­tion only 10 coun­ties out of the 47 reached the tar­geted 30 per cent thresh­old for de­vel­op­ment spend­ing (see page 10).

The Kenya Eco­nomic Re­port 2016 says the county bud­get al­lo­ca­tion on re­cur­rent spend­ing was 62 per cent and 38 per cent for de­vel­op­ment in 2014-15. Only 22 per cent was spent on de­vel­op­ment by the end of 2015.

The de­vo­lu­tion project will fail if the coun­ties con­tinue to spend bil­lions on salaries and emol­u­ments to the detri­ment of de­vel­op­ment.

The gov­er­nors and MCAs are in their fourth year in of­fice, hav­ing be­come fre­quent fliers and glo­be­trot­ters os­ten­si­bly in ef­forts aimed at de­vel­op­ment bench­mark­ing. Be­ing new en­ti­ties the coun­ties had a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to set a new tone and di­rec­tion but are squan­der­ing it.

Two caps need to be leg­is­lated – the min­i­mum the coun­ties may spend on de­vel­op­ment and the max­i­mum gov­er­nors and MCAs may spend on in­ter­na­tional travel.

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