Petty politics risks ruining the Senate’s county oversight role
Accountability in public finances’ usage is not negotiable.Mechanisms and legal procedures exist for ensuring that strict fidelity in the management of public funds is adhered to. With two tiers of government; National and County, where the latter draws funds from the former, the Senate plays a key role in ensuring prudent usage of public money by over-sighting county governments. It is a role, however, that governors have time and again sought to undermine and demonise by hiding behind politics.
SEE ALSO :Bill gives counties financial lifelineIt is worse when the Senator of the affected county sits on the CPAIC. Devolution has made quite some remarkable progress, but the progress is being blighted by reports of massive corruption within counties. As the accounting officers at whose feet the buck stops, governors have no right to blame their shortcomings on everybody else but themselves. Where governors have shown signs of not measuring up, they find a readily available escape valve in blaming their woes on Senators. Obviously because of their oversight role, nobody expected Senators and Governors to speak in one voice.
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