Reuben Mwambingu @reubenmwambingu
Counties will have their delayed funds allocation by next month, Devolution Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa has assured.
Wamalwa assured the counties that Treasury is working around the clock to ensure the funds are released “soonest”.
“Just yesterday (Wednesday), we were discussing with CS Henry Rotich at the Treasury and assure you the cash will be released soonest,” said Wamalwa, adding that, “The concern about the delays has been shared by most governors.” In defence, the CS said the twin presidential elections and drought made “2017 a difficult year”.
“We regret the delay, but the funds will be released before the upcoming devolution conference in Kakamega, because the government believes in devolution,” the CS assured when he addressed the press in Mombasa on the sidelines of Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya conference, yesterday.
The three-day governors’ forum will take place between April 23 and 27 at Kakamega High School. Wamalwa challenged the accountants to help curb “devolved corruption” and wanton pillage of public resources in counties. He also called on the counties to seal loopholes that make corruption and pillage of resources ripe.