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Counties Told to Adhere to Finance Act

June 6, 2014

Mercy Gakii

Disregard for public finance act, laws and regulations and poor financial management skills in the counties could undermine devolution, the chairman of the Senate committee on commerce and finance Billow Kerrow has said.

He said while counties can impose levies on property, land rates and services, they cannot collect taxes as this is the preserve of the national government.

"Members of County Assembly are tasked with the role of oversight but most of them lack the capacity to effectively carry out their work due to lack of the requisite skills,"said Kerrow during the 14th edition of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya governance forum in Nairobi.

Agreeing with Kerrow was Nicholas Letting who pointed out unqualified as well as incompetent staff in counties, weak internal controls and poor planning, record keeping and accounting systems as some of the key challenges to prudential financial management.

"There is great need for capacity building so as to enforce transparency and accountability in the management of resources, and enable county assemblies carry out their function."

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Source: AllAfrica

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