|National Assembly Majority Leader Hon Adan Duale|
228(6) of the Constitution mandates the Controller of Budget to submit to each house
of Parliament a report on the implementation of budgets of both the National and County
Governments. Reporting on budget implementation creates awareness among stakeholders
and enables them to identify and review existing policy.
The Office of the Controller of Budget (OCOB) established County offices in each of the 47
Counties in line with the principle of devolution to enable County Governments discharge
their services effectively. This report is a careful analysis of budget implementation by
the Counties for the period July to September 2013. In the report, we have compared the
implementation of the budgets against the County Appropriation laws that are in force,
highlighted the revenues and expenditures of the Counties and assessed their performance.
It is expected that this report will enable the County Governments build on the milestones
achieved by initiating corrective mechanisms on issues highlighted and forge ahead to realize
|the devolution aspirations notwithstanding the anticipated challenges and impediments' Reads|
Whenever we ask questions like; when will the government tarmac the road from Garissa to Mandera, the angers has always been, ‘’when funds are available.’’ Now, when will funds be available even when funds meant for other less demanding developments are channeled to personal emoluments and massaging governors’ ego of living large?
Powerful interests that control NEP Counties in every aspect are in vicious battle for the county coffers. The counties of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa under the leadership of Ali Roba (popularly known as Early Robber), Ahmed Jiir (A poor man who could not believe he controls 6B that he can’t even manage it) and Nathif Jamac (A banker turned thief) have been rocked by multi-million shilling scandals and inability to manage public funds leading to questions on who is in-charge: The Governors or the Junta that is the Council of Elders?
Documents seen by this blogger show a complete disregard for the public procurement rules. Tenders are issued to specific persons even before they are advertised and payments are processed before good delivered!
Multiple sources within the county governments of NEP who spoke to this abrasive blog on condition of anonymity claimed various commercial and political interest supported by powerful individual members of the Council of Elders are behind the looting of the county coffers and misuse of public funds. The Governors can’t do anything as they are held hostage-Politically. ‘’All Public Service and Tender Board Committees are dominated by cronies of the Governors and Council of Elders. They don’t even have the necessary qualifications” Says our contact. Wajir County is the worst, there are reports emerging that all employment recruitments were done unprocedurally. As we write this, we can authoritatively inform you that no service what so ever is being delivered by the Wajir County Government to the people of Wajir.
We take issue with circumstances under which huge projects are tendered to individuals who can’t even finance it! However, we have also established that there are senior County Government Officials who lobby for others and make a kill in the process. But at times, deals go sour like it happened recently in Mandera County; a Chief Officer swallowed a businessman’s money but could not deliver the contract. He had to run a way to Nairobi.
Mandera’s Airport construction plan, Wajir’s Boreholes project and Garissa’s street lightening are all our ‘Anglo-Leasing’ in the making. Our Governors, in a bid to play to the gallery are spending more time on prime-time TV, hundreds of kilometers away, than in their offices.
By now, you must be aware that governors have turned the heat on Mrs Agness Odhiambo, Controller of Budgets accusing her of mischief. But are the Governors defending the indefensible? Anybody worth his salt knows that our governors have gone bananas and are ‘raping’ the county coffers.
The Counties Budget Implementation Report revealed that the bulk of the funds allocated to the counties went to personal emoluments and other irrelevant extravagancies. The Senate Majority Leader, Prof Kithure Kindiki is says that he will introduce an ‘’ amendment bill to cap the development vote at 70% of the funds allocated to counties and leave 30% for recurrent expenditure.’’
National Assembly Majority Leader, Hon Duale promised to support such an amendment. ‘’ How can the Central bank hold 38B of County funds that they failed to utilize while we are crying for development?’’ Wondered Duale.
Below is how your money meant for development was looted by the Governors.
The three counties had no time to develop the County Integrated Development Plans and County
Financial Strategy Paper to guide the budgeting process. The Counties had inadequate
information on items to include in their budgets, for instance it was not clear whether
Counties would include salaries for staff from the National Government for the devolved
functions. The Counties were also uncertain on the amount of funds available to them as
equitable share due to the protracted disagreement between the National Assembly and the
Senate on the Division of Revenue Bill
As an Accountant, I analyzed the County Budgets to ensure they conform to
the principles of public finance as enshrined in Article 201 of the Constitution and financial
responsibility principles in the PFM Act, 2012. From the analyses, I established
that some of the County Budgets had huge deficits and unrealistic revenue targets without
explanations on how the deficits were to be financed. These deficits could adversely affect
budget implementation in that the County would spend the available resources and lack the
necessary resources to fund activities in the later part of the year if the anticipated revenuesare not realized.
In a nut shell, the internal control mechanisms of the 3 county governments is wanting.
|Mandera Governor-Ali Roba|
|Garissa Governor, Nathif Jama|
In a span 3 months, July- September 2013
Garissa, Mandera and Wajir spent close a total of 1 billion Kenya shilling on personal entertainment, travelling and other extravagancies. No Amount was spent on development.
Sitting allowances were paid to members of the County Assemblies for attending County
Assembly sessions or for attending Departmental Committee meetings. These expenditures
were classified under operations and maintenance expenses although a number of counties
treated the expenditures as personnel emoluments. When did they sit? were they not on strike for the better part of 2013?Counties that had the highest ratio of development expenditure
to total expenditure were Nyeri (30.3%), Tana River (26.0%) and Tharaka Nithi (25.5%).
Garissa as an example.
MCA Sitting- 12,000,000
Development - 0