Report: Counties use more than 70 pc on recurrent expense

Written By: Brian Itava
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Report: Counties use more than 70 pc on recurrent expense

A citizen-led analysis of the Auditor-General’s report on public funds expenditure by County Executives and Assembly has revealed that counties use more than the constitutional threshold of 70 percent on recurrent expense.

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According to the National Taxpayers Association’ National Coordinator, Irene Otieno, this is a key concern as taxpayers pay more whilst counties to spend more of the budget.

According to the National Taxpayers Association report for 2016/2017, counties spent 2.09 billion shillings on domestic travel expenditure and another 458.9 million shillings on foreign travel that were not supported by any documentation.

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County Assemblies Forum chairman Johnson Osoi blames this on lack of County Audit Committee and crooked executives.

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The report indicates that Nairobi City County topped the list of the best five counties in own revenue generation at 10.9 billion shillings.

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The other four were, Narok, Mombasa, Kiambu, and Nakuru County but much of the funds were used at source without a budget.

It is against this backdrop that Auditor General, Edward Ouko says his office will leverage on the Social Accountability framework to account for public funds at the county level.

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The National Taxpayers Association report recommends a raft of measures including authorization from the Controller of Budget prior to any county funds withdrawal and all county payments to be done through IFMIS in efforts to ensure that there is no variance between and bank account statements.

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