Delayed funding, corruption hurting devolution- Senators

Monday February 15 2016

Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale at a past event.

Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale at a past event. He has accused governors of hurting devolution through corruption. FILE PHOTO | ISAAC WALE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale and his Mombasa counterpart Hassan Omar have accused county and national governments of frustrating devolution.

Dr Khalwale said while the national government has been delaying releasing of funds to counties, governors are hurting devolution through corruption.

He also took issue with what he termed unnecessary competition between MPs and counties.

“MPs are engaging in meaningless competition with county governments because of the kitties governors and the legislators control,” said Dr Khalwale.

“This has seen Parliament slash the amount of money given to counties. In the last financial year, counties were not given the money senators had proposed as the MPs later allocated the rest of the cash to the Constituency Development Fund.”

Dr Khalwale, who is also the Senate Public Accounts Committee chairman, said his team will soon release a report on massive corruption in 16 counties.

He said most of governors are corrupt and are also destroying gains made through devolution.

Mr Omar said the refusal by the national government to transfer certain functions to county governments has also derailed development in counties.

“What has not been transferred are high capacity functions. This includes national government’s recent procurement of Sh38 billion worth of equipment without reference to counties,” he said.

Mr Omar, who is also a member of the committee on devolved governments as well accused governors of corruption.