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Northern counties demand Sh12bn equalisation kitty - 7 months ago, 12 July 13:27

By: Sammy Lutta

Northern Kenya’s marginalised counties are demanding that the National Treasury immediately release Sh12 billion equalisation funds due to them.

The money is provided for in the Constitution and is to be allocated to 14 historically marginalised devolved units according to a formula provided by the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) and passed by Parliament.

The Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC), an association of northern Kenya counties, said no money was paid to them during the just-ended 2017/18 financial year, thus stalling efforts to improve the quality of life in the region.

FCDC chair Ali Roba, who is also the Mandera County Governor, said prompt disbursement of the funds would enable the devolved units to fund activities that spur development in northern Kenya and improve welfare of pastoral communities.

“We are sensing danger in policy reforms that are effected using the tyranny of numbers to change what is Constitutionally due ...
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