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Counties get Sh88.9bn for development

Governors are expected to use the funds for development/FILE

Governors are expected to use the funds for development/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 10 – The National Treasury has distributed Sh88.9 billion to all 47 counties to support development projects and other services.

According to Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, this is the fifth tranche set aside and approved by the Senate.

“In this regard and pursuant to the County Allocation of Revenue Act 2013 and in consultation with the Controller of Budget, the National Treasury has released the 5th Tranche of the equitable share of revenue to county governments. This is based on the cash disbursement schedule approved by the Senate,” he said in a statement.

Nairobi was given the largest allocation of Sh4.4 billion while Lamu with Sh690 million was the lowest.

Turkana had the second highest with Sh3.5 billion, followed by Mandera and Nakuru with Sh3 billion each.

In the Central and Eastern regions, Kiambu benefited most with Sh2.6 billion, followed by Kitui with Sh2.4 billion, Machakos with Sh2.3 billion, Meru with Sh2.2 billion and Makueni with Sh2 billion.

Counties in the region with less than Sh2 billion were Murang’a, Embu, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Nyeri and Tharaka Nithi.

Bungoma, Kisii and Kisumu were also part of the biggest beneficiaries having received over Sh2 billion each.

The lowest of the disbursement was Lamu county which got Sh690 million followed by Isiolo at Sh1.02 billion. It is expected that each county will use a specified amount for development projects.

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The money is expected to make it possible for governors to initiate development projects after being on the spot for months over their spending on recurrent expenditure, including salaries, travel allowances and emoluments for officials.

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