Devolve Integrated Financial Management Systems, Oparanya tells Treasury

Tuesday, December 21st, 2021 00:00 | By
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. Photo/PD/Bernard Malonza

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya wants the National Treasury to devolve the Integrated Financial Management Systems (Ifmis) to hasten financial management and apportioning of funds by county governments.

Oparanya said yesterday it was wrong for officers from the national government to control the flow of funds to counties from Nairobi.

“The national government should devolve Ifmis but allow the system to be intergrated with the national Treasury for smooth financial transactions by devolved units,” said the governor.

He added; “Some officers from the national government who do not believe in devolution are using Ifmis to frustrate counties. Allow counties to be able to control the system by themselves.”

Addressing County Executive Committee members in his offices in Kakamega town, Oparanya said most counties were experiencing low cash absorption rates because of the challenges occasioned by the Ifmis.

He said as a result governors were blamed by residents of their respective counties and their political detractors for failing to utilise funds yet they could not access them.

“We are always on the receiving end for not utilising funds from the Exchequer yet the mistake is not ours but caused by officers at the Treasury who are out to sabotage governors’ development plans through Ifmis,” he noted.

The county chief said he had initiated preparations to exit from office and that he would constitute the County Transition Committee to work on power handing over process.

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