By KBC Reporters
President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday reiterated his commitment to the success of devolution terming it a concept of the time.
Speaking at Sagana State lodge in Nyeri during the closing of the 5th National and County Government Coordinating summit, the President said more funds will be allocated to the counties but with a caution that the devolved units cut down on unnecessary expenses by 50% to save for development.
The summit, bringing together the National and County government’s led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and governors respectively came to an end Thursday evening with the two ties of government affirming commitment of working in harmony.
President Kenyatta said during the summit with the governors they have agreed to increasing funds to counties year on year.
The president further said the governors have agreed to focus more on development expenditure and minimize on recurrent expenditure.
The summit agreed to reduce expenditures in counties such as traveling by 50 % for the sake of development.
“Members of the County Assemblies in particular have been accused of excessive spending; while reports of abuse of power, privilege and county resources by Members of the county executives have been a feature of our national discourse” the president said.
Both levels of government further agreed to increase revenue allocations to the Counties on annual basis.
He said, “To build on the successes of devolution, the summit agreed that overall funding in absolute terms to County Governments be increased year to year”.
“The National Government is providing the counties with all the necessary budgetary support, technical and human resources, policies and legislative instruments in order to address the challenges that the county governments are facing. We will continue to support them, and we ask for continued cooperation.” The president added.
The president challenged citizens to demand accountability from their respective counties to ensure their monies are prudently used.
President Uhuru outlined some of the successes of devolution such as health facilities in marginalized regions.
On his part deputy President William Ruto termed devolution as one of most important thing the country has achieved since independent. The deputy president said devolution has helped to develop many part of the country which was previously marginalized.