KENYAN GOVT DISTRIBUTES ONE TRILLION SHILLINGS TO COUNTIES IN PAST FIVE YEARS

NAIROBI– The Kenyan government has so far disbursed more than one trillion shillings (about 9.87 billion US dollars) to the country’s 47 county governments in the past five years, says the outgoing Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Devolution, Mwangi Kiunjuri.

Kiunjuri, who is moving to the Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries portfolio, said here Monday when handing over the office to the incoming Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, that the national government was disbursing more than 30 per cent of the national budget to the counties in efforts to spur growth and development at the grassroots.

Kiunjuri said all functions assigned to the counties under the Kenyan Constitution had been transferred and the counties are fully operational and are now mandated to deal with local developments.

In order to address the legal challenges facing the counties and the relationship between the county and national governments, Kiunjuri said, a total of 51 county model laws have been developed to improve the quality of legislation.

Wamalwa said he had worked with Kiunjuri in the fight against drought and he is pleased they will be working together even as they move to different dockets.

Kiunjuri has promised Kenyans that he will soon bring down the cost of maize flour. He said his main goal is to make the country food secure by increasing the area of cultivated land within the nation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK