Cabinet Secretary in charge of Treasury, Henry Rotich has urged counties to first complete pending projects prior to launching others.
Treasury CS Henry Rotich has urged county governments to complete ongoing projects before launching new ones to avoid wastage.
The Treasury boss added that the national government in conjunction with county governments are activating a joint framework that could amplify revenue generation among the devolved units.
Speaking on Thursday at the National Assembly, as he read the 2019/2020 national budget, Rotich urged the counties to be prudent in managing the resources advance to them in.
“We expect the counties to manage their resources as per principles of proper fiscal management to avoid wastage,” he said. “They are also working on how to minimize and reduce revenue leakages,” he added.
Most county governments have realized declining revenue realities in a manner that has seriously hampered budgetary goals.
This revelation is hot on the heels of public concerns on persistent wastage of public funds in county spending. Increased reportage of misadvised projects, white elephant initiatives, and ghost projects are primary reasons behind this call.
The county allocation proposal known as Division of Revenue Bill, which was supported by the National Assembly, was rejected by the Senate which sought to have the revenue allocation raised to Sh335 billion from Sh310 billion.