NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 27 – Nyandarua has emerged the winner of this year’s World Bank ranking for top-performing counties under the Kenya Devolution Support Programme (KDSP).
The win has seen the county benefit from a Sh254 million grant from the World Bank to help in its development agenda. Nyandarua County emerged the best overall countrywide in the latest KDSP performance assessment for the 2018/2019 financial year.
Speaking while receiving the award in Nairobi, Thursday, Governor Francis Kimemia attributed the success to good governance and team work with stakeholders. He said the funds will go towards improvement of infrastructure and service delivery in the county.
The initial Sh283 million awarded to Nyandarua last year, was allocated to an upcoming potato processing plant, with the second allocation from the current win also set to be injected into the same project.
Kimemia commended the County’s public service for excellence in public finance management; planning, monitoring and evaluation; human resources management; devolution and inter-governmental relations; civic education and public participation; alongside environmental and social safeguards, all of which are key performance areas under the KDSP.
Kimemia said his government is commitment to wiping out corruption and this has led to better utilisation of funds. “The war against this vice has at last been recognised by our supporters. This has led to better use of government funds which has led to greater development,” he noted.
Kimemia said that the funds would go towards improvement of the agricultural sector which is a key element of his administrations agenda. He pointed out the potato processing factory being put up at Ol-Kalou town should be up and running by the end of the year with the government having set aside Sh200 million for the project.
“This will go a long way in supporting the potato sector. We urge all stakeholders to support this program” he said.
While presenting the cheque to the governor, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa congratulated the county for prudent utilisation of devolved funds. “This is a role model that other counties should emulate. We want zero corruption in devolved funds so that residents can get value for their money” he said.
Wamalwa also challenged counties government to lead from the front in the fight against corruption at the grassroots.