Projects in 24 counties stall over cash crunch
SEE ALSO :Sonko reinstates sacked executivesDuring the period under review, only Sh3.5 billion was used by 23 counties to undertake development. According to Ms Odhiambo, the counties had expected to receive some Sh450 billion to fund their programmes but only received Sh23.5 billion. A breakdown of the funds indicates that out of the Sh450 billion, about Sh272 billion was supposed to be spent on recurrent expenditure and some ShSh177 billion for development activities. The low disbursement meant that counties could only spend on projects that were prioritised. Similar period
SEE ALSO :'No one has died due to hunger'In Kisumu County, the CoB said the wage bill increased by about 166 per cent. The county spent Sh1.1 billion on salaries. In Western region, almost all the counties registered an increase in development activities. Despite Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s government failing to receive any money from grants, the county spent about Sh100.2 million on development projects. In Nairobi County, about Sh534.9 million was spent on development and represented about 4.9 per cent of the annual development budget of Sh10.84 billion. The amount of money the counties expected to receive during the period under review included some Sh314 billion as equitable share of revenue released nationally. Conditional grants
SEE ALSO :Sh720m given for Nyandarua water, roadsIn addition, counties expected to receive some Sh33.2 billion as conditional grants as well as an additional Sh50 billion from the various development partners. The CoB increased the amount of money that was authorised for withdrawals for counties by about 48.1 per cent from the county revenue. The office authorised Sh56 billion compared to the Sh37.8 billion that was approved in a similar period in the 2017/2018 financial year.
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