The Star (Nairobi)

25 January 2014

Kenya: Governor Blames MCAs for Standoff

GOVERNORS have blamed MCAs over the standoffs facing most counties over proporsals to increase licensing rates by county governments.

Chairman of the council of governors Isaac Ruto said the MCAs did not hold public forums with various stakeholders before assenting to the counties' finance bills.

"The current stalemate in the country is attributed to poor consultation process among the concerned individuals who had all the authority vested on them to engage the public in formulation of the laws on the counties' budget," he said.

Rutto was speaking in Silibwet village in Bomet county on Thursday.

He said county assemblies issued short notices to the public to submit views on the possible amendments to finance bills before they becakme laws.

"The Public Finance Management Act allows for accountability where the public is offered the draft to peruse through before enactment by the MCAs but the case now might have been brought about by the fact that not all were involved and informed in advance of their roles in the process," Rutto said.

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