Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong today became the inaugural Performance for Results (P 4 R) champion after Busia was named the top county by the World Bank over its high performance in service delivery and prudence public finance management
Busia which led 13 other counties benefitted from Sh553million conditional grant extended to counties through the Kenya Devolution Support Programme.
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa presented the Dummy cheque to the tune of Sh1.95 billion to governors and representatives of the 13 counties during the implementation launch at Laico Regency, Nairobi.
The Governor was flanked by acting County Executive Committee Member for Finance Phaustine Barasa, CECM for Public Works Okwara Ekirapa, County Secretary Nicodemus Mulaku and Chief of Staff Sebastian Okiring.
Nyandarua which finished second received Sh282m with Makueni contented with Sh168m after taking third position.
Busia emerged top after meeting five key results areas including public finance management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, human resource and performance management, civic education and public participation, and environmental and social safeguards.
‘’ We shall invest the funds in projects that are in the big four agenda mainly health and agriculture,’’ he said, adding that he will personally ensure that there’s value for money in implementing these projects.
Deputy Auditor General William Agunda said one of the conditions for the grants was the production of audited reports. ‘’ Unfortunately on 13 counties qualified after his office gave them a clean bill of health,’’ he said.
CS Eugene Wamalwa lauded Busia said he will continue providing support to County Governments to make Devolution Work and to realize the implementation of the Big Four Agenda.
He said level 1 receivedSh2.1m, level II Sh4.1m, adding that a further Sh6.3b capacity and performance grants has been set aside in the Financial year 2018/19.
Other governors present included CoG vice chair Anne Waiguru, Prof Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo) and Francis Kimemia Nyandarua.