In Summary
  • A substantive Controller of Budget should have been appointed before the 90-day period lapsed on November 25, leaving counties so badly exposed financially.
  • There is a critical need to establish a foolproof system that enables a seamless disbursement of funds to the counties.

The vulnerability of counties is playing out once again in a crisis that threatens to ground their operations.

As it has happened several times in the past, this has been sparked by the delayed disbursement of funds from the National Treasury, as a result of which hundreds of thousands of county employees are yet to receive their November salaries.

These are the very people expected to run county operations.

This time around, the problem has arisen because of a hitch that should have been foreseen and contingency plans put in place.

It is unforgivable that counties have run dry after the tenure of the acting Controller of Budget ended before she could release funds to them.

It is unacceptable, as this is a key office whose main task is to approve the release of funds from the government’s Consolidated Fund Services to the ministries, counties and State agencies.

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