Even as Governors continue to advocate for more allocation of money to the counties, new reports indicate that Nakuru and Baringo counties are among the five Rift Valley counties that performed poorly in absorbing its cash during much of the 2018/2019 financial year.
The county of Baringo returned a staggering Sh 2.4 billion as a roll-over at the end of the financial year. Roll-over refers money a county has not used in a financial year, but which is available for use in the following year.
Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis said that the money was not spent because it was meant for contractors who couldn’t be paid because they had not completed their projects.
Nakuru county ranked second from the bottom while Baringo came number eight, from the bottom, performing slightly better than Kajiado, which was number seven from the bottom.
Kajiado fared slightly better, coming seventh from the bottom, followed by Baringo, which was number eight from the bottom. Turkana county ranked number ten from the bottom, performing slightly better than Samburu, which was number nine.
Narok ranked top countrywide, absorbing 60.1%, followed by Kitui, Garissa and Taita-Taveta. Nandi did not fare badly, also coming among the top ten. It ranked number eight from the top, followed by Nyamira and Kakamega counties.
Nairobi was number seven, just above Nandi, while Mandera was seventh and Murang’a coming at sixth position.
Governors have already filed the application seeking an advisory from the Supreme Court on failure by Parliament to pass the Bill which has starved most of their counties of cash.