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Kang'ata wants govt to fund county assemblies directly

Friday January 11 2019

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Murang'a Senator Irung’u Kang’ata. He wants county assemblies to be given financial independence. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ERIC WAINAINA
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Murang'a Senator Irung’u Kang’ata is proposing an amendment to the County Government Act to give county assemblies autonomy by way of direct funding from the Controller of Budget.

Mr Kang’ata, in a letter dated January 9 to Speaker Ken Lusaka, expressed his intention to wean assemblies from their dependence on county executives by ring-fencing their finances from governors’ control.

The Speaker is expected to refer the senator’s letter to the Senate legal office, where appropriate amendment to the law will be drafted and later published in the Kenya gazette for it to go through the House.

The lawmaker, who is also the senate majority deputy whip, said the proposal, if adopted, will make regional assemblies as financially independent as the National Assembly.

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This will protect ward representatives from arm-twisting by governors whom, he said, have been compromising MCAs' oversight roles by deliberately delaying their salaries and allowances.

Presently, county executives are responsible for receiving money from Treasury and disbursing the cash to regional assemblies.

“This is a major anomaly, noting that in the national government parliament has a commission that has made it independent of the executive.

"Likewise, once county budgets are passed by the assembly and assented to by the governor, national government should send money directly to the assemblies,” Mr Kang’ata said Thursday.