Nairobi set to be biggest winner in Cheserem’s cash for counties plan

Counties to get additional Sh16 billion to pay salaries and rehabilitate schools

Monday January 4 2016

Commission on Revenue Allocation chairman Micah Cheserem (left) and governors address the media on the way forward on the allocation of funds to the county governments in Mombasa on October 23, 2014.

Commission on Revenue Allocation chairman Micah Cheserem (left) and governors address the media on the way forward on the allocation of funds to the county governments in Mombasa on October 23, 2014. Counties will receive an additional Sh16 billion in the next financial year to pay salaries, rehabilitate schools within their jurisdictions and improve village polytechnics. PHOTO | LABAN WALLOGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By SILAS APOLLO
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Counties will receive an additional Sh16 billion in the next financial year to pay salaries, rehabilitate schools within their jurisdictions and improve village polytechnics.

The recommendation by the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) could give governors more say in the education sector beyond nursery schools, as they can now influence how schools will be rehabilitated.

EQUIP POLYTECHNICS

According to the CRA, chaired by Mr Micah Cheresem, the devolved governments will be given Sh5 billion to pay workers and a similar amount to rehabilitate primary and secondary schools. Another Sh6 billion will be used to rehabilitate and equip village polytechnics.

Mr Cheserem’s proposals on salaries are in response to complaints by governors that they are perennially allocated inadequate money to pay county workers, who include staff of former local authorities.

Governors were in the last year embroiled in pay disputes with doctors and other health staff, whose work stoppage affected services in public hospitals managed by counties.

Mr Cheserem said the proposed increases will act as a short-term measure to cushion counties against increased spending on salaries.

Governors, led by their chairman, Mr Peter Munya, have been calling for an increase in funds to the regional governments to cater for the ballooning staff, who consume a big share of the money that the National Treasury allocates to counties each year. Some counties resorted to borrowing from banks to pay salaries for their workers.

MISAPPROPRIATING BILLIONS

Before the money can be given to counties, Mr Cheserem’s recommendations must first be approved by MPs, who have in the past thrown out additional allocations to governors, whom they accuse of misappropriating billions of shillings they receive from the national government.

In the new allocations, the highest recipients will be Nairobi, which will get Sh403 million, followed by Nakuru (Sh283 million), Kiambu (Sh279 million), Kakamega (Sh185 million) and Kisumu (Sh178 million).

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Those to get the lowest allocations are West Pokot (Sh55 million), Isiolo (Sh51 million), Marsabit (Sh47 million), Bomet (Sh42 million), Turkana (Sh41 million), Samburu (Sh35 million), Tana River (Sh34 million), Wajir (Sh34 million), Lamu (Sh32 million) and Mandera (Sh2 5million).

If the CRA’s recommendation to set aside Sh5 billion for schools is approved, counties will have greater say in the management of the education sector. The Fourth Schedule of the Constitution only assigns counties the management of nursery schools.

“The commission recommends that the national government allocates Sh5,000 million as conditional allocation to county governments from its share of revenue for rehabilitation of primary and secondary schools in 2016/17. The grant will be shared among all the counties based on the proportion of a county’s population under 18 years,” said Mr Cheserem.

On village polytechnics, the commission has recommended that county governments be allocated a conditional grant of Sh6 billion from the national government share to build, equip and/or renovate the institutions.

The grant will be shared among all the counties based on the approved revenue-sharing formula.

PROPOSED ALLOCATION

Nairobi: Sh403 million

Nakuru: Sh283 million

Kiambu: Sh279 million

Kakamega: Sh185 million

Kisumu: Sh178 million

Nyeri: Sh193 million

Mombasa: Sh163 million

Meru: Sh154 million

Machakos: Sh153 million

Kisii: Sh147 million

Bungoma: Sh144 million

Embu: Sh141 million

Murang'a: Sh117 million

Baringo: Sh114 million

Kericho: Sh110 million

Uasin Gishu: Sh110 million

Kilifi: Sh107 million

Makueni: Sh106 million

Kitui: Sh106 million

Nyandarua: Sh104 million

Homa Bay: Sh102 million

Trans Nzoia: Sh97 million
Busia: Sh92 million

Kirinyaga: Sh92 million

Nandi: Sh85 million

Elgeyo-Marakwet: Sh84 million

Kajiado: Sh77 million

Siaya: Sh76 million

Migori: Sh74 million

Garissa: Sh74 million

Laikipia: Sh73 million

Tharaka-Nithi: Sh71 million

Narok: Sh70 million

Taita-Taveta: Sh63 million

Kwale: Sh62 million

Nyamira: Sh58 million

Vihiga: Sh56 million

West Pokot: Sh55 million
Isiolo: Sh51 million

Marsabit: Sh47 million

Bomet: Sh42 million

Turkana: Sh41 million
Samburu: Sh35 million

Tana River: Sh34 million

Wajir: Sh34 million

Lamu: Sh32 million

Mandera: Sh25 million

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