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Daily Nation : February 10th 2014
6 | National News DEVOLUTION | Lamu gets allowest amount as Treasury allocates money for county development Sh88.9bn boost for counties as Treasury gives cash for projects CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 highest with Sh3.5 billion, followed by Mandera and Nakuru with Sh3 billion each. In the Central and Eastern regions, Kiambu was among the biggest gainers with Sh2.6 billion, followed by Kitui with Sh2.4 billion, Machakos with Sh2.3 billion, Meru with Sh2.2 billion and Makueni with Sh2 billion. Counties in the region with less than Sh2 billion were Murang’a, Embu, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Nyeri and Tharaka Nithi. Biggest beneficiaries Bungoma, Kisii and Kisumu were also part of the biggest beneficiaries having received over Sh2 billion each. The lowest of the disbursement was Lamu county which got Sh600 million followed by Isiolo at Sh1.02 billion and Sh1.05 billion, respectively. From this allocations, each county will use a specified amount for development projects (see table). The money is expected to make it possible for governors to initiate development projects after being on the spot for months over their spending on recurrent expenditure, including salaries, travel allowances and emoluments for officials. Some of the governors had ac- cused the Treasury of delaying the release of the funds. Governors who spoke to the Daily Nation yesterday, said most of the money will go to development projects outlined in their budgets. Various departments in the county governments have been finalising their procurement processes for various projects as they waited for the money. Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti said some of the key projects he had initiated would be completed before the end of the financial year in June. He said agriculture, transport and health sectors will be given priority. “We plan to use part of the Sh1.8 billion in opening up new roads,” he said. Part of the money will also be used to repair 205 kilometres of roads in all the eight sub-counties. Also in the pipeline is the elevation of Homa Bay district hospital to a referral hospital and upgrading of other public health facilities to level four and five, respectively. The county plans to put up ani- mal feeds and pineapple processing plants, a sweet potato project and a DAILY NATION Monday February 10, 2014 KEVIN ODIT | NATION Motorists drive on the Likoni-Lunga Lunga Road in Kwale County which was being repaired last month. Some governors have said they will use the money allocated to them for development to expand roads in their respective counties. green house. Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaa- mong said that the money allocated to his county will be used to buy tractors, seeds and fertiliser. “We are buying graders, rollers and tippers to do our roads,” he said, even as he pointed out that the National Treasury had delayed in releasing the money. The governor also indicated that part of the money will be used to put up a modern ICU for the Busia Referral Hospital as well as a High Dependence Unit. The county will also buy seven ambu- lances, one for each sub-county. Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto said there will be a delay in implementation of projects due to procurement processes which he said might take two months. “The use of the just- released funds is a process which will require 14 days evaluation, another 14 days procurement and the remaining days for implementation and expenditures,” he said. “The counties can only tell the differ- ence in terms of expenditure by end of March and not immediately.” The use of the just released funds is a process which will require 14 days evaluation, another 14 days procurement” Isaac Rutto, Bomet Governor Highest spenders Bomet county has been allocated Sh1.6 billion for projects. According to the National Treasury, Bomet, Nairobi, Machakos and Homa Bay had spent most of their allocation in the fourth batch with their bank accounts balances standing at less than 40 per cent. Bomet and Nairobi were the highest spenders, with less than 20 per cent balance. “These two counties showed the highest use of the funds unlike the others with another notable example being Homa Bay whose balance was at 37 per cent,” said Mr Rotich. On the least utilised accounts were Lamu, Meru and Siaya, which had over 75 per cent balances in their accounts. As a result, Mr Rotich indicated, close to Sh38 billion of the Sh88.9 billion released had been utilised by the counties.
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