CS Rotich summoned by Senate over delay of county funds disbursment

Treasury CS Henry Rotich. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Treasury CS Henry Rotich, controller of budget and the the chair of technical intergovernmental relations committee are set to appear before the senate public accounts and investment committee to shed light on delay of disbursement of county funds from January this year.

Speaking at parliamentary buildings after Kisii governor James Ongwae appeared before the committee on Tuesday, PAIC chair prof Anyang Nyongo said that Rotich and other officials will appear before the committee in two weeks time, to expound on the stale mate of delay of the county funds in the first quarter this year.

“The Technical committee on government relations ,Controller of budget and treasury CS, two weeks is reasonable to call them and discuss the matter “Nyongo said.

The committee was prompted to take such action after it emerged that counties including Kisii county, have not received their funds from the exchequer, making it difficult for the county governments to run their affairs effectively.

“We haven’t received money for January ,February and March. We urge senate to direct treasury to release money to counties to avert crisis.” Ongwae said.

Early this year, the Council of Governors refuted claims by the Treasury that inability by counties to use the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) has delayed the disbursement of cash.

The Council’s Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs Committee Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya, exonerated the counties from the mess, by saying that in the past, they engaged the National Treasury on serious constraints they face arising out of the malfunctioning of the IFMIS system.

Ongwae appeared before senate public accounts and investment committee to answer questions on utilization of funds in his county in the 2015/2016 financial year.