The Star (Nairobi)

27 July 2013

Kenya: County Debts Cripple Services

Nakuru County leader of minority Daniel Ambale has said the biggest challenge the county is facing was the inherited debt of Sh884,561,737 from the municipal council.

"We inherited a huge debt from the former municipal council because it was not cleared when the new county government was coming in place" he said.

Ambale noted that, the debt was never factored in this year county budget a thing he said continue to be a hindrance in uservice delivery to the county residents.

Speaking yesterday in Nakuru, the minority leader urged the central government to heed the governors' calls to raise the county funds by 40 percent.

"The central government ought to listen to the governors and increase the county funds because what is being given to counties is not enough to settle all the debts" he said

The minority leader said it was regrettable that the central government never considered the welfare of former council workers when they were allocating money to county government.

He said the house was having a hard time settling the debts and allocate the same money to the needy projects in the county.

"It will only be wise if the county will be added more money so that we can settle some of this debts and carry out projects the wanainchi" he said

He observed that the county governments ought to be supported by the central government if devolution system is to work in Kenya.

He further called on Kenyans to stop politicizing the enter issue of county funds saying only the public stand to benefit at the end of the day.

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