A bill proposed by Murang’a senator Irungu Kangata to have members of county assemblies(MCAs) allocated not less than 8% of the total funds sent to respective counties every year has caused jitters among the governors.
Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago asked senators to keep off from debate about the proposal that has already been tabled at the senate.
“I think it is important we make things straight and let people know the processes we use in allocating funds,” Mandago said.
Similar sentiments we echoed by Tharaka Nithi county boss Muthomi Njuki who said the bill will add another layer of bureaucracy which will hinder the delivery of services to Kenyans.
However, Meru governor Karaitu Murungi said the funds will be beneficial to Kenyans at the grassroots level just like the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) controlled by the legislators.
“A ward development fund will bring more equitable resources just like the CDF across the country,” Kiraitu told journalists.
Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen assured members of the county assemblies that the bill will be given utmost consideration, sentiments also given by the minority side led by James Orengo and Cleophas Malala.
Under the proposals in the Bill that has already been published, each of the country’s 1,450 wards will directly get at least 15 million shillings of the funds that have in the past remained in the hands of governors.
“The Fund shall comprise at least eight per cent of the share of revenue allocated to the respective county government for the respective year; and such other monies that may lawfully accrue to the Board in the discharge of its functions under this Act,” Part of the bill reads.
The Kang’ata proposed bill will ensure compliance by making sure the Controller of Budget does not authorise the release of funds to counties that do not send money to the wards.