The Ministry of Planning and Devolution is calling on counties to stop over-reliance on the national government for funding by investing in revenue collection to fund their development projects.
The Economic Planning Secretary (EPS) Ministry of Devolution and Planning, Joseph Mukui regretted that county governments were continually blaming the National government for their failure yet they have the capacity to generate revenue and fund projects in their devolved sectors.
Mukui pointed out that the national government was only focusing on national projects and wondered why county governments continue claiming that the national government was frustrating the county development efforts yet they were proving to be poor in revenue collection.
He made the remarks on Monday during county consultation on development priorities for the Third Medium Term Plans 2018-2022 that was held at Bontana Hotel in Nakuru.
Mukui added that constitutionally the national government had specific roles to play as far as development of the counties was concerned and told governors to focus more on roles devolved to them and stop complaining.
At the same time, he emphasized the need for county governments to ensure that every plan developed is not shelved but implemented if meaningful development is to be achieved.
He called on county governments to increase capacity for revenue collection to enable them discharge their duties effectively.
The Nakuru County Ag. Director Economic Planning Cyrus Kalinga acknowledged that the implementation of the 2013-2017 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) had been hampered by among other challenges technical constraints of existing staff.
Effective implementation was impeded by an ageing workforce and slow adaptation to the new governance structure, he said.
In addition to this, Kalinga said the changing priorities during public participation, disharmony between the two levels of government in project implementation, and lack of shared vision between the county assembly and the county executive also affected the implementation the 2013-2017 CIDP.
He said the county had embarked on a sensitization exercise with a view to improving on the level of awareness for consistency in public participation. Most of the forums are poorly attended as members of the public who should be discussing and selecting priority projects are not aware of their civic duty to participate, Kalinga said.
The 3rd MTP 2018-2022 CIDP is providing an opportunity for county stakeholders to identify and prioritize development programs for incorporation in the county strategic plans.The forum is also aimed at discussing challenges faced in the implementation of CIDP 2013-2017 and purpose measures to be adopted for successful implementation of the 2018-2022 plan.
Source: Kenya News Agency