Counties spent Sh7.63 billion in native and overseas journey within the first 9 months of this monetary 12 months, which was sudden through the Covid-19 containment interval as a consequence of journey restrictions, pointing to wasteful spending. Worse nonetheless, some counties spent extra through the lockdown interval than they did the 12 months earlier than.
Controller of Funds Margaret Nyakang’o’s report fingers county officers and ward representatives for the large expenditure through the interval between July 2020 and March 2021.
Though the quantity is decrease in comparison with the Sh9.22 billion spent in FY 2019/20, some counties had greater than doubled journey bills as indicated within the newest report.
To include the unfold of the Covid-19 illness reported in Kenya in March 2020, the nationwide authorities developed pointers that restricted the motion of individuals and promoted digital conferences and dealing from dwelling for non-critical authorities providers.
This implied that authorities officers, together with these in counties, have been restricted within the variety of actions requiring bodily conferences resembling workshops and seminars.
Within the report, Dr Nyakang’o singled out seven counties for his or her excessive expenditure on native journey and subsistence.
These are Kajiado at Sh333.14 million, Siaya (Sh332.55 million), Bungoma (Sh313.15 million), Tana River (Sh303.04 million) and Nairobi Metropolis at (297.97 million).
Prime spending counties
Different high spenders have been Machakos (Sh283.40 million), Meru (Sh264.09 million), Kitui (Sh249.63 million), Kiambu (SH245.10 million), Kisii (Sh213.69 million) and Nyeri (Sh202.23 million).
These with excessive expenditure on overseas journey embrace Laikipia (Sh43 million), Nairobi (Sh42m), Mombasa (Sh29m), Bomet (Sh21.29m), and Homa Bay (Sh21 million).
Counties resembling Baringo elevated journey bills from Sh106 million in 2019/20 to Sh148 million in 2020/21 whereas Kajiado officers spent Sh333.14 million, in comparison with Sh255.90 million beforehand.
The 2019/20 monetary 12 months had practically 4 months of lockdown, from mid-March to June.
MCAs and Mandera county officers had incurred Sh38.20 million in journey in 2019/2020 through the lockdown, however the quantity shot to Sh148 million this monetary 12 months, and whereas these in Nyeri had spent Sh173 million, it elevated to Sh202.23 million.
Turkana’s journey expenditure rose to Sh401.65 million through the containment interval in comparison with the Sh377 million spent in 2019/2020.
Month-to-month sitting allowance
“Article 201 of the Structure requires that public cash shall be utilized in a prudent and accountable means. The CoB recommends that the county treasuries ought to assessment expenditure on journey and subsistence allowances to make sure the price is credible and in addition institute management measures to curtail this expenditure to keep away from wasteful spending,” Dr Nyakang’o says within the report.
“Additional, spending on non-core actions, resembling travelling, needs to be rationalised to free funds for the implementation of important growth programmes,” she added.
The report raises the purple flag on Laikipia and Homa Bay counties, which exceeded the Sh124,800 most month-to-month sitting allowance for MCAs.
West Pokot County Meeting didn’t report any expenditure on MCAs sitting allowance through the reporting interval.
Cumulatively within the interval below assessment, county assemblies spent Sh1.49 billion on MCAs’ sitting allowances towards an authorised funds allocation of Sh2.88 billion.
This expenditure interprets to 51.8 per cent of the authorised MCAs sitting allowance funds and a lower from 56.2 per cent attained in the same interval of FY 2019/20 when Sh1.62 billion was spent.
The report exhibits the 47 counties spent Sh48.45 billion on growth actions, representing an absorption price of 25.1 per cent of the cumulative annual growth expenditure funds of Sh193.3 billion.
Evaluation of growth expenditure as a proportion of authorised annual growth funds exhibits that Murang’a, Kitui, Kajiado and Mombasa counties attained the very best absorption price at 50.5 per cent, 48.8 per cent, 47.8 per cent and 46.3 per cent respectively.
“This efficiency was a slight enchancment from an absorption price of 25 per cent reported in the same interval of FY 2019/20 when growth expenditure was Sh49.78 billion. The CoB recommends that counties prioritise the implementation of growth initiatives to enhance the usual of residing for his or her residents,” the report states.
Nonetheless, 25 counties reported absorption charges on growth funds beneath the required limits.
These have been Nairobi Metropolis, Kisumu, Lamu, Baringo, Nakuru, Samburu, Kilifi, Nyandarua, Vihiga, Turkana, Meru, Narok, Busia, Kericho, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Kirinyaga, Migori, Laikipia, Tana River, Machakos, Siaya, and Isiolo.
Part 107(2) (b) of the Public Finance Administration (PFM) Act, 2012 offers that over the medium time period, a minimal of 30 per cent of the county governments’ funds shall be spent on growth.
Throughout the reporting interval, county governments generated Sh23.52 billion, which was 45.6 per cent of the annual goal of Sh56.02 billion. This was a lower in comparison with Sh28.04 billion generated in the same interval of FY 2019/20.
“The efficiency was beneath the anticipated prorated goal of 75 per cent within the first 9 months of the monetary 12 months. The under-performance of own-source income assortment implies that some deliberate actions will not be carried out within the monetary 12 months as a consequence of lack of funds and should result in accumulation of pending payments,” stated Dr Nyakang’o.