Pain as 16 counties yet to receive billions from National Treasury

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 07:00 | By
Pain as 16 counties yet to receive billions from National Treasury
Council of Governors Finance Committee chair, who is also Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa, and his Kisii counterpart Simba Arati address the media on the finance status of county governments in Nairobi, yesterday. PD/KENNA

At least 16 counties have not received cash disbursement from the National Treasury since October last year.

Speaking yesterday, Kisii Governor Simba Arati revealed that the affected counties are in serious problems with some of them even being unable to pay salaries for their workers for the last 4 months.

“Our counties are in serious problems. Some of these counties have borrowed to the point they can’t borrow any more. As county chiefs we are worried that if something is not done as soon as possible our doctors who are very critical will down their tools and we are likely to lose many Kenyans,” he said.

 The counties include Baringo which is yet to receive Sh509,551,567, Kilifi (Sh931,327435), Kitui (Sh831,517,633), Lamu (Sh248,451,971), Machakos (Sh732,984,339), Makueni (Sh650,622,685) and Marsabit (Sh582,160,323).

Also affected are Migori (Sh640,401,636), Nakuru (Sh1,042,089,306), Samburu (Sh429,707,683), Tana River (Sh522,272,701), Trans Nzoia (Sh574,892,614), Turkana (Sh1,008,744,480), Uasin Gishu (Sh645,508,665), Wajir (Sh757,978,092) and West Pokot (Sh503,782,746).

“We note with great concern that to date, the National Treasury has not disbursed over Sh100 billion to county governments. The last disbursement was done on 23rd December 2022 for October 2022 allocations,” said COG Finance, Planning, and Economic Affairs committee chairman Fernandes Barasa.

Alarmingly, Barasa said that counties were in a total mess with 47 of them still yet to receive disbursements from the National Treasury for the last three months.

He said the delays and unpredictable disbursements of the equitable share revenue have negatively impacted service delivery across the 47 county governments.

 The county chief said that drought-stricken counties have been hit hard because they cannot make interventions to address the situation.

The late cash disbursement was endemic in the previous government triggering wrangles between the National and county governments.

At the same time, Governors opposed the National Treasury’s proposed shareable revenue disbursement formula where counties will receive allocations according to their rates of absorption.

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