According to a survey carried out by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya on the status of devolution, Muranga county spent 60pc of revenue on development while eight counties, including Nairobi, recorded less than 20pc development fund absorption rate within the first three quarters of the last financial year.
The report blames frequent standoffs and delays in enacting revenue allocation bills as the reason devolved units shelve development projects and increase the counties pending bills.
This financial year counties were allocated Sh397 billion in a compromise deal after a stalemate in passing the county allocation of revenue bill. This, According to ICPAK, reduced the county governments development expenditure considerably.
Devolution ministry says the low development absorption rate is partly due to the devolved units over relying on the national government allocations, calling on county governments to strengthen the revenue collection infrastructure and systems to increase their revenue streams.
Health was the top funded function with counties allocating an average of 25pc of their total expenditure to improve their health systems.
The report supports last week’s council of governors pledge to increase agriculture allocations to at least 10pc.
County Governments with multiple urban centres have been urged to increase cemetery acreage as most Kenyans now opt to be buried at cemeteries
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