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Photo: Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and his Trans Nzoia counterpart Patrick Khaemba

Delay of funds disbursement from the National Treasury riles CoG

The Council of Governors has expressed concerns over the delay by the National Treasury to remit first quarter funds to counties saying the delay has hampered implementation of development projects.

In a statement issued after an extraordinary an  council meeting at Hotel Intercontinental in Nairobi on Monday,  the Council chairman  Josphat Nanok  regretted that only  25 counties have received partial payment funds  for the first quarter.

‘’ We urge the National Treasury to hasten the process to enable Counties to optimally perform their functions and improve service delivery,’’ Nanok said.

He said the spirit of give and take during negotiations for budgetary allocations has never been honored.

 ‘’The  Ministry of Transport and CoG  negotiated and agreed that the Fuel Levy Fund be increased from the current 15% annual allocation to 20% to take care of the increased need of road maintenance in the Counties.

 The Council notes with concern that despite the high level negotiations and the signing of this agreement, the National government failed to honor its end of the bargain and the counties have continued to grapple with the same challenges they have experienced over the last five years,” he said.

The Governors called upon the National Treasury to base Division of Revenue on the functions being performed by Counties, adding that County operations are in jeopardy since functions cannot match the resources being allocated.

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