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.