In Summary
  • However, each county has received little or the same figure it earned in the last financial year, a result of the protracted war between the two houses of Parliament on the exact figure due to counties.
  • County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2019, which the Senate passed on Tuesday, states that Nairobi will get Sh15.7 billion, which is Sh200 million less than it received in the 2018/19 financial year.
  • The bill is proposing to allocate a total of Sh381.6 billion to counties in the 2019/20 financial year - Sh316.5 billion in the equitable share, Sh22.8 billion in conditional allocations and Sh39 billion from development partners.

Nairobi, Turkana, Kilifi, Nakuru and Kakamega will receive the lion's share of the Sh316.5 billion allocated to counties as the equitable shareable revenue in the 2019/20 financial year.

However, each county has received little or the same figure it earned in the last financial year, a result of the protracted war between the two houses of Parliament on the exact figure due to counties.

County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2019, which the Senate passed on Tuesday, states that Nairobi will get Sh15.7 billion, which is Sh200 million less than it received in the 2018/19 financial year.

Turkana will get Sh10.5 billion, which is less than the Sh10.7 billion it received in the last financial year, while Kilifi will receive Sh400 million less, from Sh10.8 billion in 2018/19 to Sh10.4 billion this year.

Nakuru appears to be the greatest beneficiary as it will get an extra Sh1 billion, up from its Sh9.4 billion in the last financial year.

HOSPITALS

The bill proposes to allocate a total of Sh378.3 billion to counties in the 2019/20 financial year - Sh316.5 billion in the equitable share, Sh22.8 billion in conditional allocations and Sh39 billion from development partners.

The proposal for additional conditional allocations from the national government share of revenue raised nationally is in line with Article 202 (2) of the Constitution.

Article 202 (2) provides that county governments may be given additional allocations from the national government’s share of revenue, rather conditionally or unconditionally.

A conditional allocation of Sh4.3 billion will be shared among the counties for level five hospitals for compensation them for costs incurred in rendering specialised health care services to neighbouring counties.

Yet another of Sh900 million will be used to compensate county governments for revenue foregone by not charging user fees in county health facilities.

Counties will also share Sh2 billion and use it to equip technical and vocational centres and capitation of students. This allocation is aimed at enhancing access to quality and relevant vocational skills training.

HEADQUARTERS

Five counties, Tharaka Nithi, Tana River, Nyandarua, Lamu and Isiolo will benefit, once the bill is approved, from a Sh485 million conditional grant to help them construct their county headquarters.

The five did not inherit county headquarters so the national government stepped in through a three-year assistance plan that began in the 2017/18 financial year.

Another additional conditional allocation due to counties is the Sh8.98 fuel levy which is meant to enhance and sustain their capacity to maintain roads.

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