Council of Governors decry perennial delays in disbursement of county funds

The Council of Governors (CoG) has decried perennial delays in disbursement of county funds by the National Treasury citing lack of good will on the part of national government in realizing the letter and the spirit of devolution. The CoG chair, Josphat Nanok, said the delay has left all the counties in a precarious position where operations have had to be scaled to near close down. Nanok said untimely release of funds has been the biggest hurdle in the implementation of devolution, saying for any meaningful progress to be realized, both tiers of government must cooperate and engage genuinely. The CoG chair who is also Turkana County Governor was speaking in Nyeri Wednesday during the official opening of a two-day 6th annual conference of Constitutional Commissions and Independent offices. Area Governor, Mutahi Kahiga, said the new constitution implementation journey has hurdles that need to be addressed going forward.  He cited the county transition law as a gray area that needs to be addressed. He said he had fallen victim following the death of his predecessor, Wahome Gakuru, yet having no authority he cannot appoint a Deputy.