6 Counties That Will Get the Highest Amount of Devolution Funds

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  • Six counties will receive the lion's share of the devolution funds for the 2019/2020 financial year as revealed by the Division of Revenue Bill 2019. 

    Nairobi leads with Ksh15 billion while Turkana, Nakuru, Mandera, Kilifi and Kakamega will get just a little over Ksh10 billion each. 

    Counties that will be allocated the least amount of money include Lamu (Ksh2 billion), Elgeyo Marakwet (Ksh3 billion), Tharaka Nithi (Ksh3 billion), Laikipia (Ksh4 billion) and Taita Taveta (Ksh4 billion). 

    Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok and Garissa Governor Ali Korane

    “The county government’s equitable share of revenue was allocated among the county governments on the second basis of revenue allocation criteria approved by Parliament in accordance to Article 217 of the Constitution,” read the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 tabled in Parliament on Thursday.

    The 2019/2020 allocation to the counties will be Ksh6 billion more than the current financial year. 

    The county governments will also receive Ksh13.9 billion additional allocations from the national government to cater for the leasing of medical equipment, compensation for user fees foregone, level five hospitals, construction of county headquarters and rehabilitation of youth polytechnics. 

    The national government will aid in the improvement of healthcare by providing an extra Ksh38.7 billion to support level one and two hospitals. 

    On Wednesday, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) released the Gross County Product (GCP) which is could also be referred to as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of counties.

    Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Elgeyo Marakwet, Machakos, Nakuru, Kisumu and Nyeri emerged as the richest counties. 

    In the report, Bungoma, Tharaka Nithi, Nyandarua, Elgeyo Marakwet, Siaya and Nyeri were hailed for growing faster than the average per capita GCP across all counties.

    Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya with his Deputy Mwangi wa Iria