In Summary
  • Some of the counties that have created a WDF  or planning to create them are Nairobi, Embu, Nandi, Kisumu, Kakamega.

  • Ms Odhiambo directed that projects established under the said kitty should be put under the development budgets.
  • Controller of Budget’s office mandate is to oversee implementation of budgets of the national and county governments.

Ward Development Funds (WDF) being created in counties are illegal after the Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo said their proposals are not within the confines of the law.

Ms Odhiambo has sent a circular to all County Executive Members for Finance and Clerks of the county assembles in all the 47 counties, detailing how the kitty should be established and what projects it should fund.

Some of the counties that have created a WDF  or planning to create them are Nairobi, Embu, Nandi, Kisumu, Kakamega, Machakos, Murang’a, Meru, Laikipia, Nakuru, and Kiambu which is proposing an annual Sh1.8 billion kitty for its 60 wards.

CONDITIONS

But Ms Odhiambo, in her circular which she also copied to governors, said: “Having reviewed the draft legislations establishing the WDF, which were forwarded to our office by several counties, we have observed that a majority do not meet the conditions prescribed in Regulation 197. We have noted that most of the projects to be funded are similar to those that would ordinarily be delivered through the normal structure of the budget appropriations.”

Further, the draft legislations, she said, indicate that the kitties that are to be supervised by Ward Reps will be dependent on annual financing from the County Exchequer which is not envisaged in regulation 197 (1) (e).

PROJECTS

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