The first month of the government’s 2020-21 financial year has passed without counties receiving any funds from the Treasury (above).
This follows an impasse in the Senate over a revenue-sharing formula that would determine how the counties’ Sh316.5 billion budget allocation is divided among the 47 regions.
An update by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani in a gazette notice dated August 18 indicates the Exchequer had not credited any cash to the counties.
This year, the counties were set to receive a total of Sh369 billion, comprising of Sh316.5 billion in equitable share, and Sh23 billion and Sh30 billion in conditional grants funded by the national government and development partners, respectively.
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The Commission on Revenue Allocation’s (CRA) latest formula of allocating the money among the counties has elicited mixed reactions, sparking vicious debates that have delayed disbursement.
The contentious county revenue-sharing formula has created rifts in the Senate, with some members proposing to retain the second-generation formula, suggesting that the CRA formula be adopted in the 2022-23 financial year or when the State increases counties’ allocation to Sh348 billion.
A 12-member Senate mediation committee was formed on Monday to resolve the stalemate and help the House agree on a way forward.
At a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is ravaging through an already limping economy, the standoff has impacted heavily on health services, with cash-strapped county governments struggling to handle the rising cases of infection.
Further, there have been complaints of pending bills in counties, with the governments unable to honour some contractual agreements.