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List of counties that spent zero amount on development; CoB report

Controller of Budget lists Nairobi County among counties that spent zero amount on development.

Nairobi County is among ten counties that did not spend any amount on development in the first quarter of the current financial year.

The 47 devolved units spent Ksh.60.3 billion on salaries and allowances during the period under review, and a pitiful Ksh.6.9 billion on development—a meager 3.7 percent of the overall allocation.

Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o claims that the 10 counties used all of the allotted money to cover salaries, benefits, and operational expenses.

The Controller of Budget has also voiced concerns about governors who have deprived their constituents of development initiatives.

Nairobi County is one of the counties that is on the Controller of Budget’s radar for spending ksh.0 on development despite an allocation of ksh.14 billion.

According to the Controller of Budget, a huge chunk of the monies were re-channeled to paying salaries and allowances and financing county operations and maintenance.

Nyakang’o’s report shows that Nairobi County, used Ksh.176 million in four months for domestic travel, Ksh.11.9 million on foreign trips, Ksh.51.8 million on fuel alone, and Ksh.28 million on hospitality.

Other counties that also recorded zero development include Embu, Homa Bay, Kericho, Kilifi, Machakos, Samburu, Turkana, Wajir, and West Pokot.

The Controller of Budget on the other hand ranked Narok Governor Patrick Ole Ntutu as the top governor in financing development projects, sinking Ksh.1.3 billion in four months which translates to 30 percent of the county’s allocation.

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His Bomet counterpart Hillary Barchok came in second spending 17 percent on development.

Uasin Gishu, Vihiga, and Garissa counties all spent below 15% of their money in development.

The Controller of Budget also raised concerns over its own source of revenue collection. Out of a target of Ksh.78.6 billion, the 47 counties collected only Ksh. 10.6 billion translating to 13 percent.

This was attributed to leakages in revenue collection and management as most of the collected monies are not banked as per the law.

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga and his counterparts Patrick Ole Ntutu (Narok) and Abdi Guyo of Isiolo led the top three collectors of own-source revenue.

Machakos County collected only 2.6 percent of her target while Nandi, Kericho, Lamu, Kajiado, and Kakamega formed the list of the bottom ten on their own in revenue collection.

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