In Summary
  • Counties have become notorious for financial imprudence.

  • Wastage and misappropriation have become the norm.

  • Annual reports of the Auditor-General paint a sorry picture.

Counties have gone through hardships in the past five months due to lack of cash from the government.

Most of them were unable to provide services, pay debts and meet their routine obligations.

Largely, this resulted from disagreement between the Senate and the National Assembly over the enactment of an enabling law — the County Allocation of Revenue Act. It was only passed a couple of days ago.

Now, President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed it into law, enabling the National Treasury to release the cash to the counties, which must be expedited.

But cash disbursement is one thing and utilisation is another.

Counties have become notorious for financial imprudence.

Wastage and misappropriation have become the norm.

Annual reports of the Auditor-General paint a sorry picture.

Page 1 of 2