State denies governors Sh272b in functions
The national government is still holding on to functions of counties worth Sh272.2 billion, a new report shows.
Inter-Governmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC) report on the transfer of pending devolved functions shows that the national government is performing various elements of at least 10 decentralised functions.
The report tabled before the Senate’s Devolution and Inter-Governmental Relations committee by IGRTC chairman Kithinji Kiragu, however, states the Sh272.2 billion must first be confirmed by the National Treasury.
IGTRC has recommended transfer of the functions to the devolved units, which it says if transferred, will be followed by resources.
“The county governments have been assigned exclusive functions which do not require core-sharing of responsibilities with the national government,” said Kiragu.
For instance, the report shows that some 41 elements of agriculture function worth Sh105 billion are still being performed by the State.
The State agency further shows that the Energy Ministry and its agencies are still holding onto devolved functions worth Sh59 billion while the Ministry of Water is performing 18 elements of county functions with a total budget of Sh58 billion.
The report shows that some 11 elements of the Tourism and Wildlife function worth Sh31 billion are still being performed by the national government. In Education, the committee has identified 52 elements which should be transferred to counties.