List of 22 Counties that Spent Zero on Development - Report

  • Controller of Budget Dr Margaret Nyakang'o.
    Controller of Budget Dr Margaret Nyakang'o.
  • 22 counties out of the 47 did not spend any money on development projects - a report by the Controller of Budget has revealed.

    In the period under review - July to September 2020 - the report noted an overall drop in expenditure compared to a similar period in the previous year.

    Among the Counties listed are: Nairobi, Nyamira, Samburu, Mombasa, Embu, Meru, Kwale, Makueni, Migori, Kajiado, Garissa.

    Members of Senate in session at Parliament Building Nairobi on January 29, 2020.
    Members of Senate in session at Parliament Building Nairobi on January 29, 2020.

    Others include Bomet, Baringo, Homa Bay, Isiolo, Tana River, Turkana and Uasin Gishu.

    She attributed this to the delay in the disbursement of funds by the National Treasury to counties. This was caused by the stalemate at the Senate over a revenue-sharing formula.

    "Consequently, counties could not receive the equitable share of revenue raised nationally during the first quarter of FY 2020/21 thereby negatively affecting budget implementation," part of the report read.

    The report also revealed that counties collected Ksh 5.85 billion that was raised from internal revenue. This registered a decline compared to a similar period last year which saw a ksh7.71 billion revenue collection. 

    Counties such as Kitui, Mandera and Wajir were affected due to the failure of approval of budget estimates.

    According to the controller of budget Dr. Margaret Nyakango, the frosty relationship between the County Executive and the County Assembly delayed the release of the funds.

    During the three months, the other 25 counties only spent Ksh2.3 billion out of 159.3 billion budgeted for by the counties.

    Murang'a was ranked the highest after spending Ksh426.7 million out of the Ksh3.1 billion it had set aside.

    Kisumu and Narok were ranked second and third respectively. They spent Ksh393.7 million and ksh164.3 million respectively.

    Kenyan Currency notes.
    Kenyan currency notes.