Assemblies and the Executives of the 47 counties gobbled up Sh2.78 billion between July and September 2016.
Of the Sh12.14 billion all the counties budgeted for the year’s travel, Nairobi had by the end of 91 days spent Sh135.14 million. Machakos and Bungoma spent Sh113.58 million and Sh103.80 million, respectively.
At Sh2.01 million, Mombasa had the least expenditure, followed by Garissa (Sh11.30 million) and Laikipia (Sh17.45 million).
Though Ms Odhiambo does not fault the spending as it was budgeted for and was within the limit, it is the staggering figures that have disturbed those who had touted devolution as a service delivery venture and not money-minting and get-rich-quick jobs.
“There is a lot of impunity in the counties now,” Opposition leader Raila Odinga said last month, in a rare agreement with President Uhuru Kenyatta. “Some of these MCAs are just wasting money in useless trips they now call benchmarking and bonding.”
On the executives’ side, Bungoma had the largest single expenditure at Sh102.80 million, followed by Nakuru (Sh91.45 million), Siaya (85.47 million), Nandi (77.51 million) and West Pokot (Sh69.18 million).
Nairobi County Assembly spent the highest amount on travel at Sh73.87 million, followed by Machakos (Sh57.48 million) and Kakamega (Sh46.29 million).
Nakuru led the pack in an analysis of the expenditure as a proportion of the annual budgetary allocation, at 80.2 per cent. It was followed by Trans Nzoia and Tana River at 57.4 and 47.5 per cent, respectively.
Other heavy spenders against the budget were Homa Bay at 43.8 per cent, and Murang’a, Siaya and Laikipia at 42.9, 40.7 and 38.8 per cent, respectively.