Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) Chairperson Jane Kiringai Thursday commended counties that had prudently utilized devolution funds.
Speaking while inspecting development projects funded by Trans Nzoia county government in Kitale town, Kiringai said that such counties develop faster and the livelihoods of their residents improved.
She added that the revenue shared among counties is transforming various sectors at the grassroots within the country.
She cited an example of the on-going construction of the Trans Nzoia County Teaching and Referral Hospital which is set to improve health services in the county and its environs.
The establishment of the County referral hospital has been achieved in only 18 months and it will benefit many residents within and outside the County, she noted.
Governor Patrick Khaemba said that the referral hospital which is nearing completion will serve the whole of north rift region as it will ease decongestion at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital which serves the region.
Kiringai was accompanied by other commissioners who included Irene Asienga and Peter Kimuyu.
She however said that the use of the funds generated through revenue collection in counties needed close monitoring to ensure that the taxpayer’s money did not go to individual pockets.
She pointed out that the tour by the commission is necessary as they were able to determine the challenges faced by counties in using the funds allocated in steering developments.
The commissioners also visited the refurbished Kitale County Hospital, the State of the Art Bus Park and Business Centre and Agricultural Machinery Services (AMS).
Governor Khaemba said his government has laid a strong foundation that will see the county benefit from devolution.
He however said that lack of adequate funds had been a hindrance towards the full implementation of what the county government had endeavored to achieve and the slow pace witnessed in the completion of projects.
Like the ECDE function, I needed like 1.2 billion to fully implement the project but the funds were limited he noted.
The governor said that agriculture, roads construction and maintenance like other projects were critical to residents in the county yet the funds to manage them were meagre.
Source: Kenya News Agency