Controller of Budget deals a blow to MCA's bid for ward funds
SEE ALSO :Piling debts cost counties dearlyOdhiambo's circular dated January 19 and copied to all 47 governors, county executive committee members for finance, and clerks of county assemblies, says most of the counties seeking to establish the ward development fund do not meet Regulations 197 of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012. She further says the funds to support the kitty would be dependent on annual financing from the county exchequer, which is not envisaged in Regulation 197(1)(e). “Therefore, ward projects should be budgeted under development budgets and implemented by the respective departments. The county assemblies should in turn play their role in accordance with Article 185(3) of the Constitution,” Ms Odiambo tells governors. Development budgets The clarification by the Controller of Budget is no doubt as a major blow to governors and MCAs who were seen to be seeking to use the fund to endear themselves to local residents through various development projects.
SEE ALSO :Raila’s warning to MCAsKakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya asked MCAs to focus on their oversight role and stop wasting time pushing for the fund, while Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati turned down MCAs' request to have the ward fund created. In Nyanza region, Siaya and Homa Bay counties were still in the process of constituting a bill on the ward development fund while Kisumu is the only county with an active ward development fund law. The bill was passed in 2014 but opened a war front between MCAs and the executive as claims of embezzlement of funds dedicated to it rocked the first term of the county government.