Headway in devolving county payroll, road functions

August 5, 2013 4:17 pm
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Ruto announced that a Special Gazette Notice published over the weekend where the TA transferred functions to 13 counties had been revoked/DPPS
Ruto announced that a Special Gazette Notice published over the weekend where the TA transferred functions to 13 counties had been revoked/DPPS
NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 5 – Two committees have been formed to work out modalities of a smooth transfer of payroll and road functions to the county governments.

The committees, to comprise Council of Governors, Ministries of Devolution and Planning, Roads and Infrastructure, Health, the Transition Authority, Commission for Revenue Allocation are expected to present a report by Monday next week.

This decision was reached after a meeting between Deputy President William Ruto and stakeholders on devolution on Monday afternoon.

“We have set up a committee with representation from all this stakeholders here to oversee the transition of the national government payroll to the county government payroll and the whole of that exercise to be carried out in a manner that is going to ensure that the rights of all public servants are taken into consideration,” Ruto said.

“We have agreed also that staff from counties will be trained in matters of payroll as has already been rolled out and that between now and six months that process should be complete,” he added. “Counties that will be ready to take over their payrolls in two or three months time… functions will be transferred as and when the county will be ready to take up that process.”

The DP also announced that another committee to handle matters of roads and electricity shall be set up.

He stated that the committee shall comprise departments such as Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) and Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KERRA) and the Rural Electrification Authority and shall be charged with the responsibility of identifying roads to be managed by County governments.

“The TA must between today and Thursday come up with a criteria to isolate county roads from national trunk roads and properly assign to the rightful government,” the Deputy President told a news conference after the conclusion of the six-hour long meeting.

Ruto said that both the National and County governments shall provide the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) with funds from their respective budgets to roll out an electrification program.

He said a meeting of all stakeholders is scheduled for next week Monday to iron out issues to do with budgeting.

The same meeting agreed that the Transition Authority should process all applications for devolving functions from the remaining counties by Thursday.

The meeting was attended by the Council of Governors, representatives from the Senate, Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC), Commission for Revenue Allocation (CRA), and the Controller of Budget where it was agreed that the Transition Authority gazettes all devolved functions by Friday this week.

At the same time, Ruto announced that a Special Gazette Notice published over the weekend where the TA transferred functions to 13 counties among them Mombasa, Kisumu, Bomet, Embu, Garissa, Kwale, Mandera, Trans-Nzoia, Homa Bay, Kirinyaga, Kericho, Kiambu had been revoked.

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