Munya urges state to re­lease Equal­i­sa­tion Fund

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The Na­tional Trea­sury should re­lease the Equal­i­sa­tion Fund cash to the marginalised coun­ties, Coun­cil of Gov­er­nors chair­man Peter Munya says. The Meru Gov­er­nor (pic­tured) ac­cused the Na­tional Trea­sury of de­lib­er­ately with­hold­ing the funds to frus­trate the coun­ties. “We will not al­low any­one to hold de­vo­lu­tion hostage. The Trea­sury should re­lease these funds to the North­ern Kenya coun­ties as quickly as pos­si­ble,” Munya said. He said Wa­jir is a tes­ti­mony that de­vo­lu­tion is work­ing. Munya spoke in Wa­jir on Satur­day shortly af­ter he launched pub­lic­ity event the De­vo­lu­tion Torch in Wa­jir with his host Gov­er­nor Ahmed Ab­dul­lahi. This event will give the public an op­por­tu­nity to ex­press their views on the gains of de­vo­lu­tion and sug­gest areas of im­prove­ment. The De­vo­lu­tion Torch car­a­van is ex­pected to go round all the coun­ties. Ab­dul­lahi said Wa­jir made strides by pru­dently us­ing the lit­tle re­sources it re­ceives from the Na­tional Trea­sury. He urged the Trea­sury to re­lease funds as most coun­ties have now im­proved on their ab­sorp­tion ca­pac­ity. “With the lit­tle 15 per cent shared rev­enue re­ceived by the coun­ties, cit­i­zens at the grass­roots are feel­ing the gains of de­vo­lu­tion and de­vo­lu­tion is here to stay,” Ab­dul­lahi said.

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