Counties clueless about their mandate in Big Four Implementation – Parliament

September 7, 2018
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This is according to the Parliamentary Budget Office in its Mid Term Budget Review where it points out that it is not clear to what extent counties have aligned their budgets to the projects or if they even intend to do so/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 7 – There appears to be no clear collaborative framework between the national and county governments for implementation of Big Four Agenda projects.

This is according to the Parliamentary Budget Office in its Mid Term Budget Review where it points out that it is not clear to what extent counties have aligned their budgets to the projects or if they even intend to do so.

“The success of the Big Four plan will largely depend on a successful partnership between the National government and the county governments. Authorities must ensure that any gaps relating to policy articulation, financing, skills and any other area at the county level are addressed urgently by the national government,” reads the review.

The office sees the Big Four Agenda as a program which should be implemented by counties, citing that at least two of the pillars are devolved functions.

Projects under the Big Four Agenda are not entirely new; some have been mapped into existing projects and programs and are part of the Medium Term Plan III and ultimately, the Vision 2030.

According to PBO, the projects will require critical focus as they were already experiencing implementation challenges.

These include the Kenaine Leather Industrial Park which was started in 2014/15, modernization of Rivatex which started in 2014, Athi River Textile Hub which was started in 2016 as well as various irrigation projects.

According to the review, challenges include budgetary shortfalls and concerns pertaining location, capacity and viability.

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