Mudavadi: Government is working on County monies
Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has assured county governments of a fast-tracked process of releasing monies owed to the devolved units to ensure service delivery in counties is not affected further.
Speaking in Mombasa County during a joint media briefing after a discussion with Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir, The Prime Minister who is among the top leadership in the Kenya Kwanza executive assured county governments of light at the end of the tunnel.
“We truly believe in devolution. Devolution has made a big difference in our country. As we deal with the teething problems that come when this new process is coming into place, we want to re-affirm that as a national government, we cannot go backwards on the aspect of devolution,” Mudavadi said.
His sentiments come days after the Council of Governor (COG) Chairperson, Anne Waiguru, asked the National Treasury to release all the monies owed to the devolved units.
Waiguru said that the National Treasury owes counties an accumulated amount of KES 125. 8 billion being arrears for January, February, March and April 2023.
“Delayed disbursement of funds has been a major threat to the functionality of the devolved units since 2013 and continues to put a strain on their operations, ” Waiguru said.
On his part, Mudavadi said the delay in the remittances to the county governments in the context of the national revenue sharing mechanism is top on the agenda of discussions that aims at strengthening the working relationships between the National Government and county governments moving forward.
“Not long ago, President William Ruto held a meeting with all the governors in Naivasha. It has been and it remains the President’s desire that we shall eventually smoothen the process of releasing funds to the counties. It will be accelerated and speeded up so that the delays we have experienced will in due course become something of the past,” Mudavadi added
Acknowledging that it had been a hard struggle in the counties, Mudavadi pointed out that all is not to be blamed on the current administration as they have to deal with a spill-over of pending bills and debts from the previous regime of the handshake.