May 18, 2022

Counties Want Additional Sh381 Billion-CoG Chairman Wambora

CoG Chairman Governor Martin Wambora

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County Chiefs wants additional funding of Sh381.5 billion, bringing the total allocation to counties to Sh751.5 billion as contained in the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2020.
The Council of Governors said that the Bill, which recommended that counties should be allocated not less than 35 per cent of the revenue collected by the National government, had a lot of goodwill after being passed in both Houses of Parliament.

CoG Chairman Governor Martin Wambora said that they rejected the proposals by the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) that recommends a none increment of the County Equitable Share, which stands at Sh370 billion.
“To safeguard devolution and ensure optimal operation of the devolved functions by the county governments, the Council of Governors proposes that the funds be increased in the Division of Revenue for the Financial Year 2022/23,” Wambora said.
The Embu Governor said that the economy is improving from the effects of Covid-19 and that the government will have enough revenues in the next Financial Year to meet their proposals.
Wambora said that the county governments wanted more funds to fund infrastructure, Education, Health and other basic facilities.
“The Council is requesting for additional allocation to the DANIDA Primary Healthcare Grant, explaining the Council held a consultative meeting with the Royal Danish Embassy in September 2021 and agreed that counties will receive additional funding of Sh1.2 billion,” Wambora.
“He added that the Kenya-UK Health Alliance was established to deliver collaborative bilateral programmes in healthcare, between the two countries and this will open up many employment opportunities to medical professionals in Kenya.
“We are currently in the second phase of implementing the agreement of the provision of health services by Cuban specialist doctors and so far the Ministry of Health has secured 75 Cuban doctors and various specialists who have concluded the induction programme at the Kenya School of Government and they will be deployed to the Counties from 25th October 2021,” he explained.
Wambora said that to meet the demand, more doctors will be sourced from Cuba and will arrive in the country in due course.
“To ensure smooth implementation of Phase Two, the CoG and the Ministry of Health are working towards ensuring that the challenges experienced in Phase One are resolved,” said Wambora.

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