Health, infrastructure to determine sharing of funds among counties

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Health, agriculture, roads, and water are the key sectors likely to inform the sharing of public funds among the 47 counties.

With health and infrastructural development balance taking prevalence among the four, the Commission on Revenue Allocation proposes that poor counties such as Turkana and Mandera deserve more as compared to richer counties.

Turkana County is one of the poorest counties in Kenya despite being endowed with a range of natural resources among them crude oil deposits.

Turkana County has helped form the basis of the Commission on Revenue Allocation’s Third formula for revenue allocation between the national and county governments with more focus placed on the number of the poorest populations in various counties.

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According to Commission on Revenue Allocation’s Chairperson Dr. Jane Kiringai, a huge chunk of cash entitled to counties annually, should be allocated with consideration of how many households within a county are poor and without access to basic needs especially healthcare services.

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According to Kiringai, uninsured population in counties in the order of the poorest is weighted at 15 percent.

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Separately, Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya has faulted the National Treasury for delays in the disbursement of the Equalization fund meant for Kilifi County.

Speaking after opening two classrooms constructed with funding from the CDF, Baya said the money is crucial to transforming sectors such as education.

Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya says the region is yet to benefit from the Equalization Fund which is meant to improve health care, water services, education, roads and electricity connectivity.

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Baya who was at Kararacha Primary School in Kilifi North Constituency for the unveiling of two classrooms constructed by CDF urged treasury to expedite the allocation process.

The legislator decried the lagging behind of the region in terms of development, urging the national government to give it priority.

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