The Star (Nairobi)

29 July 2014

Kenya: Kidero Slams Odhiambo Over County Budgets

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has criticised the Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo for rejecting some county budgets.

He said Odhiambo has no mandate to cancel or alter the 2014-15 financial year budgets.

Kidero said once the budgets are passed by the county assemblies and signed into bills and Acts by governors, nobody has the authority to reject them.

"The Controller of budget has rejected several county budgets but we want to tell her she has no role in budgets that have followed laid down rules and regulations," Kidero said.

He said rejecting some budgets is likely to derail operations in many counties.

When contacted yesterday over claims her office is interfering with county budgets, Odhiambo said she will not comment on the matter as it is in court.

MCAs have moved to court to block the decision by the Commission on Revenue Allocation to trim their budgets.

They want the court to shelve a circular issued by Odhiambo that has put a ceiling on the financial budgetary allocation of the counties. They also want the court to compel CRA chairman Micah Cheserem and Odhiambo or any other person to approve and disburse funds to the 47 county governments as set out in the budget estimates, County's Appropriation Acts and the Finance Acts for the financial year 2014-15.

Justice Isaac Lenaola certified the case urgent and directed the assemblies, who have sued through their speakers, to serve CRA, Attorney General Githu Muigai and Controller of Budget with the suit papers immediately.

Kidero urged Kenyans to support devolution "as it is the only way to eradicate poverty and ensure equality".

He was accompanied by Kisumu Senator Jack Ranguma at the launch of the Uzima University Foundation and a fundraiser at the institution's main campus in Kisumu on Friday.

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