Discrimination in Funds disbursement has come out at the top of the agenda in the ongoing orientation of newly elected governors and deputy governors.
Governors argue that the treasury has been making skewed disbursements from the public coffers, where other departments in government get their shares in due time while counties do not, yet the money originates from the same coffers.
Speaking during the conference taking place in Mombasa, Tharaka Nithi County Governor Muthoomi Njuki said that these actions amounted to discrimination against the devolved units.
“We are saying it is inequality, not just in devolution but in the whole of the government of the Republic of Kenya where we have one level of government being treated in a different way than the other,” said the governor.
He added that no county government had received its July and August share to pay their employees, yet all government employees were timely paid.
“As we sit here today, no county has received disbursement for July and we are now in September, yet the national government staff have been fully paid, including salaries for August, which came to an end the other day,” he stated.
The governor called for a look into the matter by President William Ruto’s Government to help smoothen activities of the units that often stall due to a shortage of funds.
The Mombasa workshop chaired by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua kicked off on Wednesday and is expected to last through Saturday, culminating in the election of members of the council of governors.
The dispute between counties and the treasury over the disbursement of funds has been a constant dispute since the inception of devolution in 2013.
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