Unless Uhuru is lying, governors should take the money and run
SEE ALSO :Is Uhuru grooming Mudavadi?In fact, it does not take an accounting genius to tell that the country is running on a shoe string. Not once, not twice, this newspaper has reported that the Government’s debt burden is slowly getting out of hand. There even have been reports that the Treasury has borrowed money, not for development, but to pay off other debts. That should have been the cue for the county bosses to take what is on offer. And if they did so, that would not have been the end of the world. During his speech at the Nakuru County Assembly recently, the President pleaded with the counties to take the Sh316 billion and promised that more money would be channeled to the counties when it becomes available. Unlessgovernors have contrary evidence, there is no reason to suggest Uhuru was lying. What the governors should do is push for a supplementary budget in future so that more cash can be taken to the counties. To stick to their guns and insist they will only accept the Sh335 billion is to be unrealistic and to needlessly entrench the suffering of their subjects. They have the opportunity to save their people from more suffering by accepting the current offer. It would be meaningless for counties to get the Sh335 billion after a month or so of tussling as many lives and livelihoods would have been destroyed. That would be Pyrrhic victory. Governors would have won the battle but lost the war.
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