In Summary
  • In total, the counties spent Sh25.98 billion — which represents a 17 per cent absorption rate of the annual development budget.
  • This is a drop of 20 per cent from the 37.9 per cent recorded in the same period of FY 2016/17, when development expenditure was Sh62.74 billion.

  • County governments spent Sh108.04 billion on personnel emoluments, which accounted for 58.8 per cent of the total expenditure for the period

Counties’ expenditure on development dropped between July 2017 and March this year, data from the Controller of Budget (CoB) shows.

In total, the counties spent Sh25.98 billion — which represents a 17 per cent absorption rate of the annual development budget — in the first nine months of the 2017/18 financial year (FY).

This is a drop of 20 per cent from the 37.9 per cent recorded in the same period of FY 2016/17, when development expenditure was Sh62.74 billion.

In the latest report, the Controller of Budget, Ms Agnes Odhiambo, blames the decline on high expenditure on personnel emoluments and delays in disbursement of the equitable share of revenue by the National Treasury.

RECURRENT

The document singles out Garissa, Kirinyaga and Kisumu as counties which did not report any expenditure on development.

A total of Sh3.73 billion was spent on recurrent activities in Garissa.

But the county’s expenditure on domestic travel amounted to Sh67.32 million, with Sh24.9 million being spent by the county assembly while Sh42.4 million went to the county executive.

“The recurrent expenditure was 100 per cent of the funds released for recurrent activities and excluded outstanding commitments which amounted to Sh10 million for recurrent expenditure as at March 31, 2018,” Ms Odhiambo said.

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