The Council of Governors has petitioned the High Court to direct the National Treasury to immediately disburse the equitable shareable revenue to the County governments in compliance with the Constitution and the Public Finance Management Act.
This is according to the CoG chair who is also the Kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who told the press that Counties have not received their November and December funds which is a delay and illegal according to the Constitution.
Speaking in is Kakamega office, Oparanya has blamed the National Treasury for failing to come up with a plan that ensures that money is released to Counties terming the delays as deliberate. “Delay in releasing funds to Counties undermines the principles of devolved governments which requires that County governments shall have reliable sources of revenue to enable them to govern and deliver services effectively to its citizens,” Oparanya explained.
He added that the decision by the National Treasury not to release funds on time is in contravention of article 219 of the constitution which dictates that a county’s share of revenue raised by the national government shall be transferred to the County without undue delay.