President Kenyatta signs Division of Revenue Bill into law
President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the Division of Revenue Bill, 2021.
It allows National Treasury to release to county governments Ksh. 370billion for the 2021/2022 financial year.
The signing of the bill on Friday now paves the way for the enactment of the County Allocation of Revenue Bill, 2021 and the Appropriation Act, 2021/22.
The devolved units will be getting an increment of at least Ksh.50 billion in improved shareable allocation.
This as the controversial third basis county revenue sharing formula kicks in, a formula that was arrived at after 10 sittings.
In a budget of Ksh. 1.7 trillion, the national government will receive Ksh.1.39 trillion while county equitable share has been capped at Ksh.370 billion.
This is an improvement of over Ksh.50 billion from the Ksh.316 billion sent to counties in the 2020/2021 financial year
During a special sitting to consider the Bill, Senators however faulted a plot to include conditional grants and loans as part of the county equitable revenue share.
“Conditional grants cannot be part of shareable revenue…and the Executive is very good at playing gymnastics, like they played it with medical equipment…that this belongs to you, but we’re not going to release the funds for you to spend, but we’re going to spend it at source,” said Siaya Senator James Orengo.
The Senators are now putting pressure on Treasury to ensure timely disbursement of funds to counties, claiming that the Treasury is still holding onto at least Ksh.52 billion meant for counties in late disbursement.
“This issue of late disbursement to counties is an elephant in the room, I don’t know why the current CS is having a problem with disbursement. I remember when the former CS was in office, every fifth of every month counties would have received their money,” said Kericho Senator Samson Cherargei.
With enhanced funding of over Ksh.50 billion more from the previous allocation to counties, the Senators warned county bosses and governments to be prudent in their financial management as some of them have been in the spotlight for low absorption rates and failure to account for billions of shillings in their budget.