Controller says car grants to MCAs must follow due process

Written By: KNA

Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang'o

The Office of the Controller of Budget (OCBC) has distanced itself from reports that it has halted the implementation of car grants to Members of County Assembly (MCAs).

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It has instead affirmed the separation of powers upon which the Constitution is anchored but stated that the car grant must follow the legal and due processes before it is given out.

Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o in a statement sent to newsrooms Tuesday denied recent media claims that she objected to the giving of car grants to MCAs, but asserting that in as much as it has been approved it must go through the due processes.

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“There are processes that must be followed to ensure that MCAs do not get into problems in terms of accounting for the grant,” read the statement in part.

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She stated that there was need to know that there are enough funds, as well as ensure that there are proper legislations that convert the loans into grants.

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The 2224 ward representatives across the country will now enjoy a car grant after the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) approved the Sh 4.5 billion car grant President Uhuru Kenyatta offered to speakers and MCAs.

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Each MCA will now get a Sh 2 million grant with SRC saying that the decision is informed by principles of equity and fairness.

OCOB had last week written to the SRC to be advised how to convert a car loan facility into a car grant as well as sought an advisory on how to implement the car grant for speakers and members of county assemblies.

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