Rein in er­rant coun­ties

Business Daily (Kenya) - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - Time has come to put a stop to such acts TO COM­MENT

Some of our county gov­ern­ments have be­come sym­bols of im­punity as they con­tinue vi­o­lat­ing the law in their ra­pa­cious quest for tax­pay­ers’ funds.

Hardly a week passes with­out new re­ports of the great lengths that they have gone in dip­ping their fin­gers into the pub­lic purse.

The lat­est to en­ter the list of shame are 15 coun­ties that are said to have de­fied the Salaries and Re­mu­ner­a­tion Com­mis­sion (SRC) and paid ward rep­re­sen­ta­tives monthly sit­ting al­lowances above the set cap of Sh80,000 in the three months to Septem­ber.

Data from the Con­troller of Bud­get shows that Mig­ori, Kwale, Si­aya, Kakamega, Bun­goma, Bu­sia, Nyan­darua, Kisii, Makueni, Mom­basa, Nyeri, Ki­ambu, El­geyo Marak­wet, Nakuru and Nairobi breached the cap on perks for sit­ting in as­sem­bly com­mit­tees.

The SRC had in July 2017 abol­ished the mem­bers of county as­sem­blies’ mileage re­im­burse­ments, sit­ting al­lowances for ple­nary ses­sions and spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity perks.

We aver that those that vi­o­lated the law and over­paid their MCAS must be pun­ished and the re­cip­i­ents of the monies sur­charged with­out fail.

Time has come to put a stop to such acts. The lead­ers’ fo­cus should be on de­vel­op­ing their re­spec­tive re­gions and not their own per­sonal in­ter­ests. The edi­tor in­vites com­ments on our con­tent and top­i­cal is­sues. Please in­clude your full names, tele­phone num­ber and ad­dress in your let­ter.

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