Counties have received a trillion since 2013, Uhuru says

County Governments have so far received more a trillion shillings from the Ex chequer to support devolution, President Uhuru Kenyatta said yesterday as the country marked the Madaraka Day fete.

While highlighting the achievements of his 900-day stay in office, the president said that the monies that have been dispatched to the devolved units have lifted the livelihood of vulnerable Kenyans through initiated development projects.

“That money has gone to the grassroots, bringing paved roads where there were none before; bringing clean water to households that had suffered without it; and bringing medicines to some of the most vulnerable Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.

However, the Head of State lashed out at county bosses accusing them of mismanagement and lack of prioritising their development agenda.

“This money has been put in good use although in some instances it has not been well managed or used for the purpose it was meant for,” asserted the president.

He maintained that his administration would continue to support devolution for the benefit of the locals even State seeks to weed out corrupt individuals.

His statement comes barely a week after the Council of Governors (CoG) maintained that the money allocated to the counties was far much less compared to the hefty budget demanded by the devolved functions.

Citing the roads function CoG Chairman Peter Munya claimed that the National Treasury did not allocate enough money for constructing and renovating the 40,000 kilometres of roads that were placed under counties.

“As governors, we feel that there is a need for more money to be allocated to the counties so that we can carry out our responsibilities. Why devolve functions without releasing monies to implement them? ”posed Munya after he was re-elected as the CoG Chairman last week.

According to Munya, the division of revenue to counties have remained a tough question with embroils between the Senate and National Assembly still rife and denying counties a fair share of the resources.

The digital learning programme did not escape the mind of the president as he said that his government would give 1.2 million tablets to class one pupils by December as he moves to fulfil his key 2013 election pledge.

“That promise has been fulfilled; by August this year, we will have over 600,000 pupils learning with tablets and laptops, with another 600,000 to follow by December,” announced the president.

The Head of State disclosed that his administration has also built more kilometres of road in the last three years than those built in the first 50 years of the country’s independence.

On electricity, President Kenyatta said an additional 2.2 million households have been supplied with power while 22,000 primary schools have been connected to the national grid since 2013.

“Just last weekend, I launched the Last Mile Connectivity Project, which will bring electricity to every household in the republic within five years,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta said so far more than 2.4 title deeds have been issued in the last three years.

He said most vulnerable Kenyans have also received unprecedented support under the Inua Jamii cash-transfer programme, with 725,000 households drawn from every constituency in the country receiving Ksh 17.4 billion shillings in bimonthly cash transfers in the last one year alone.

 

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