MCA Mbae reveals why wards’ development is derailed

Kabazi ward MCA Dr.Peter Mbae has decried the low development budget being channelled to wards.

In a statement to newsrooms on Friday,Mbae said such has continued to derail development.

Mbae who is also a member of Budget committee at the County assembly of Nakuru revealed that this year’s development budget to wards was sh816m which is lower than the previous financial year that had sh1.5b.

He added that this year the wards’ projects have been greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as all gears were shifted towards the same.

The vocal Kabazi ward MCA also attributes the negative impact on projects in wards to the fact that the county has not been able to collect up to sh700m  in terms of revenue.

In addition,the county government of Nakuru has been spending sh450m per month to pay staff due to the inherited staff from national Goverment and former Regional headquarters.

The MCA is now worried that if the trend continues then there shall be no development realization in wards.

“I’m afraid with this trend,we might suffer when it comes to development in future” he said.

It is for this reason that Mbae has continued to agitate balance in revenue allocation formula.

He says the Senators must consider the 2019 data on population to ensure equity.

“It’s not about equality but equity and that’s why we are saying let the Senate consider the 2019 data on population so that counties get what they are required to get” he said.

Mbae adds that if the 2019 census report will not be used then some counties will continue to suffer.


Nakuru County records Sh320m increase in revenue collection

The County Government of Nakuru has recorded an increase in revenue collection despite depressed economic activity caused by the long electioneering period.

The County collected Sh.2.28 billion in the 2017/2018 Financial Year up from Sh1.96 billion collected in the 2016/2017 Financial year.

Speaking in his office, Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the success of any County initiatives will depend on the capacity to raise revenue for its projects.

“The County seeks to reduce its dependence on National Treasury disbursements through creation of a robust revenue base,” said the Governor.

He said the County will continue working to improve revenue collection.

“Despite the increase, the County was only able to realize about 40 percent of its potential,” he said.

The 16 percent (Sh320 million) increase has been attributed to deliberate measures taken by the County to seal revenue loss loopholes, increase accountability and rotation of staff.

“Since coming into office, we have taken steps to break down the revenue budget into targets for each revenue officer and each Sub-County,” said Nakuru CECM for Finance Joseph Kiuna.

The CEC said the 16 percent growth achieved in 2017/18 means that Nakuru County will qualify for the additional two percent allocated by the Commission on Revenue Allocation for counties that grow their own source revenue in the next financial year.

Mr. Kiuna also said the County plans to centralize revenue collection from line ministries and that appropriate legislative framework to enable this is nearing completion.

“Plans have commenced to fully automate all revenue streams like parking, building plans, market fees and hospital services,” he said.

Liquor licensing will also be streamlined to make it perform better than it has in the past.T

he Finance department, he said, will also be enhancing its efforts to collect land rates through the use of its recently acquired geo-spatial plan and valuation roll.


PHOTO/Standard: Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui at his office on June 8, 2018.

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