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MPs welcome Sh30b for marginalised counties

By Moses Njagih | Published Thu, June 9th 2016 at 00:00, Updated June 8th 2016 at 21:54 GMT +3

Legislators from marginalised counties have praised Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich's promise on Equalisation Fund.

The CS pledged he would ensure that allocations for the 14 counties under Equilisation Fund since 2013, totalling to about Sh30 billion, would finally be disbursed.

MPs Loise Lentoimaga (Samburu North), Kores ole Lemein (Narok South) and Raphael Letimalo (Samburu West) welcomed the statement by Rotich, saying in subsequent financial years, the Government had failed to disburse the annual allocation as required.

In the current financial year, the Government has committed Sh6 billion for the marginalised counties in Equilisation Fund.

"Our worry now is on the distribution of the projects. We are going to sit down next week as MPs from these counties to look at the list of projects being financed, because we are concerned that members of the board that control the funds hardly know the priority we have as residents," said Lentoimaga.

Lemein said the continued delay in disbursing the funds had further marginalised the counties, making it difficult for them to catch up with the more developed regions.

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"While we are happy that finally this allocation will come to us, we were getting more marginalised and lagging behind in development for the period that the Government has been allocating the fund but not distributing it to us," said the legislator.

In his yesterday's budget, the Cabinet Secretary said it was only this year that Treasury finally got the approval of Parliament of the guidelines to manage the Fund established under the Constitution.

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