The Star (Kenya)

Rev­enue shar­ing dead­lock hurt­ing coun­ties — governor

- ELIUD WAITHAKA/LAIKIPIA National Assembly of South Korea · Nanyuki

Governor Ndiritu Muri­ithi has warned that the rev­enue shar­ing stale­mate at the Se­nate risks erod­ing gains made by de­vo­lu­tion.

Muri­ithi said in his Nanyuki town of­fice that the stale­mate had starved coun­ties of cash for al­most three months and dis­rupted ser­vice de­liv­ery and de­vel­op­ment.

He said the law al­lows the Trea­sury and Con­troller of Bud­get to dis­burse 50 per cent of the county al­lo­ca­tion for last year but no funds were forth­com­ing to coun­ties.

“All we are see­ing is a ping pong game be­tween the Se­nate and the Na­tional As­sem­bly on the di­vi­sion of rev­enue yet the lives of Kenyans are at risk. Health and other ser­vices suf­fer as each House blames the other,” Governor Muri­ithi said.

Ser­vices in coun­ties would shut down start­ing next week as there are no funds to run op­er­a­tions, he said.

“Op­er­a­tions in coun­ties will shut down next week not be­cause Kenyans have not paid taxes, but be­cause by us­ing bu­reau­cratic and other ma­noeu­vres eq­ui­table share re­mains in­ac­ces­si­ble to coun­ties,” he said.

There is a plot by pow­er­ful forces to kill de­vo­lu­tion by starv­ing coun­ties of money for op­er­a­tions, he said.

He urged Kenyans to stand up and re­ject the machi­na­tions aimed at killing de­vo­lu­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kenya