Devolution PS warns against spending outside national development plan

Principal Secretary (PS) for Planning and Devolution Irungu Nyakera has warned counties against implementation of projects which were not aligned to the National Development Plan.

The PS, who was addressing the Third Medium Term Plan Murang'a County Consultative Forum Friday, said that it is a contravention of the County Government Act 2012 for county leaders to come up with development activities which did not reflect the aspirations of county residents as captured in the National and County development blueprints.

He added that all draft County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) ought to be ready by September 1st 2017, but would be finalized after elections to capture the aspirations in the elected governors' manifestos.

There have been several instances of county leaders implementing populist projects which were not in their Integrated Development Plans but were meant to offer instant gratification to the public but only for the leaders' selfish interest.

Nyakera pointed out that the national plans form the basis for alignment of the CIDPs and that all resources ought to be spent within projects that meant to achieve the priorities that would benefit all people.

The consultative fora which were going on throughout the country were meant to ensure that the public gave its input for the formulation of national public planning policy.

The PS urged the participants to voice all their development aspirations to ensure that they were included in the Medium Term Plan for only then would resources be allocated for their implementation.

He highlighted that even though the 10 percent GDP growth was not achieved in the first three years of the second MTP period, Kenya's economy was moving towards a higher growth trajectory, adding that the economy grew by 6.2 percent in the second quarter of 2016 placing it the fifth fastest growing economy in Africa and one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

He enumerated some of the milestone achievements in the second medium term plan which included electric power generation which increased from 1, 690 megawatts in 2012 to 2, 341 megawatts in 2016 thereby increasing connectivity from 2,038,625 customers in 2012 to 4, 890, 373 customers in 2016.

Others were the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), the rolling out of the Digital Literacy Program and remarkable improvement of the road network as well progress in fostering Public Private Partnerships.

The PS said that the Third Medium Term Plan would build on gains made in the previous plan and carry forward and complete programs and projects initiated during the Second MTP.

After a brainstorming session, participants from Murang'a County developed their development priorities in social, economic and political pillars and came up with intervention strategies to spur development in each of the sectors.

Source: Kenya News Agency