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Daily Nation : February 11th 2014
DAILY NATION Tuesday February 11, 2014 NAIROBI | Delays in approvals and non-allocation are some reasons for balances in counties’ accounts Counties hold Sh50bn in CBK Some of the money is owed to the national government, says Treasury Secretary BY AGGREY MUTAMBO @agmutambo firstname.lastname@example.org prepare to start discussing this year’s allocation to governors. Figures released by the National C Treasury yesterday showed that counties had Sh50.78 billion in their accounts maintained at the Central Bank. The money includes the equilisa- tion share of revenue by the national government to counties and funds raised by individual governments NAIROBI City dwellers to register on home change BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Nairobi residents could soon be required to register when they move into new houses. According to Governor Evans Ki- dero (below), the county assembly will pass laws requiring residents to give their contacts when they move to a new house. “We will pass laws so that when- ever someone vacates a house or rents one they will be required to give us their details so we can support the Nyumba Kumi initiative,” he said. He said the county would also transform the city askaris into a metropolitan police force if it received the authority from the Internal Security ministry. LABAN WALLOGA | NATION Pupils of Bamburi Primary School in Mombasa County protest yesterday against insecurity in the area. A gang broke into the school’s computer room on Sunday night and stole 47 laptops. MOMBASA Speaking during a public forum on community policing at City Hall yesterday, Dr Kidero said that the county government would pass the law to transform the city inspectorate to a modern police service guarding the city’s four million residents. “While we pursue the necessary legal amendments that will lead us to a Nairobi metropolitan police, let us not stand by as crime destabilises our population,” he stated. To make the Nyumba Kumi initiative more successful, the county will work with 844 elders and residents associations. The county will also establish a police hotline. A man linked to the AlShabaab terror group was yesterday sent to jail for 21 years. Salim Chagawa Karisa Al-Shabaab man jailed for 21 years 15 BY NATION CORRESPONDENT against Chagawa. In the first count, alias Issa faced four charges but was found guilty of three. Senior resident mag- istrate Abraham Gachie sentenced him to seven years for each of the three charges. “The sentences will run concurrently,” ordered Mr Gachie, noting that the prosecution had proved beyond any reasonable doubt three out of four charges it had preferred Chagawa was jointly charged with others not in court with preparing to commit murder while armed with a Glock 19 pistol on November 15 2012 at Mtwapa Town in Kilifi County. Prosecution failure However, the magistrate dismissed that charge after the prosecution failed to prove that he was planning to commit a murder. “It is doubtful whether he was armed with intent to commit a felony namely murder,” said Mr Gachie in his judgment. The court ruled that the The number of bullets the suspect had ‘‘ The sentences(seven years for each count) will run concurrently,” Magistrate Abraham Gachie prosecution had proved the second and the third counts in which the man was found with the pistol and 15 rounds of ammunition of 9 mm calibre without a firearms certificate. Hotel arrest Chagawa was arrested by anti-terrorism officers while taking breakfast at a Mtwapa hotel. Three anti-terrorism officers testified that they arrested him after receiving a tip-off from an informer that a suspected terrorist was in the hotel. They accused Chagawa of resisting arrest even after introducing themselves as police officers. ounty governments are holding nearly Sh51 billion in their bank accounts even as MPs but banked in the County Revenue Fund and other accounts at the Central Bank. Part of the money is owed to the national government. According to the Treasury, county governments are holding Sh9.12 billion in their recurrent accounts, some of which should be returned to Nairobi. “The bank balances in the re- current accounts include salary reimbursements due to the national government for those counties that have not reimbursed,” Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich said in a notice yesterday. As at January 31, counties had, through the County Revenue Fund, received Sh88.9 billion from the Treasury. Normally, the regional govern- ments approve their budgets before the Controller of Budget allows for the money to go to each segment such as revenue fund, recurrent account of development fund. However, when each of these seg- WHAT’S ALLEGED Budget approval delayed in regions ments is totalled and compared with what each has been allocated in the revenue fund, most counties have huge big bank balances. Lamu has the highest difference, at 92 per cent. It has received Sh690 million but its total bank balance is Sh633.5 million. It has zero funds in the recurrent account and development accounts. Lowest percentage Bomet has the lowest percentage Bomet: The county, whose governor is Issac Ruto (above), has received Sh1.5 billion. It has only Sh166.8 million in the bank, the lowest balance compared to its allocation. Lamu: This coastal county has the highest difference, at 92 per cent. It has received Sh690 million but its total bank balance is Sh633.5 million. at 11. The county, whose governor, Mr Isaac Rutto, chairs the Governors’ Council, has received Sh1.5 billion but has only Sh166.8 million in the bank. Yesterday, Mr Rotich told the Na- tion the zero figures could be a result of no allocation at all or delayed approval of their budgets. “We disburse the money to the rev- enue fund and then the Controller of Budget will approve the movement of the money to recurrent or development fund,” he said by phone. SECURITY | Pupils protest after 47 laptops are stolen from their school County News 19 BRIEFLY NAROK Governor vows to fight corruption Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai has vowed to restructure his government to ensure services to the public are monitored to prevent corruption. Non-cash transfer and an internal audit systems and public participation are some of the measures he would employ to reduce corruption, he said. An anti-corruption commission report released last year rated Narok among the most corruption-prone counties. Mr Tunai said mechanisms for reporting the vice had been established. NYANDARUA Sh1.9bn to be spent on county road projects The Nyandarua county govern- ment is to spend Sh1.9 billion on building roads during the current financial year. Governor Daniel Waithaka yesterday said Sh800 million will be used to open up rural access roads. “I want you to keep a keen eye on the work to ensure it is of high standard,” said Mr Waithaka. He was speaking at Kariamu centre where residents were protesting over increased accidents on the Ol Kalou-Njabini road. He said bumps would be erected on the road. NAKURU Assembly team grills two county officials Two officials of the Nakuru County Government have been questioned over their performance. County secretary Joseph Mogusu Motari and his deputy, Mr Geoffrey Kioko, yesterday faced the county assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs committee to answer questions for alleged stalled development in the region. “As a committee we’re concerned at the slow pace of development in Nakuru County,” said the committee chairman, Mr Samuel Waithuki Njane. NAIROBI Overloaded trucks to pay Sh1.9m penalty The Transport ministry has proposed tough penalties for trucks that carry loads heavier than set limits. The new rules are likely to take effect in two months, a Kenya National Highways Authority official, Mr Mwita Ngatia, said yesterday. The authority would enforce the rules that would penalise overloaded trucks Sh1.9 million. The Transport Cabinet Secretary would publish the regulations in two months, Mr Ngatia said. If the owner of an impounded vehicle fails to show up for three months, it will be auctioned, according to the proposed rules. Mr Ngatia said the tough regulations were necessary to protect highways from destruction. He spoke at the Mlolongo weighbridge in Nairobi during the launch of a high speed weigh-in motion. The motion has a control room and a special device that senses an on-coming trucks and estimates its load.
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