Report shows counties hold assets worth Shs. 110 Billion

The 47 counties have assets worth over Sh110B according to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC).

It has emerged that the committee had used Sh400m to identify the assets against a budget of Sh4B that had been projected by the defunct Transition Authority (TA).

This came as the committee tenure ended with a new team taking over the running of the committee on a six-year tenure.

According to the CS for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa, the outgoing team had done a commendable job in identifying the assets which were at risk of being grabbed.

Wamalwa noted that the committee had managed to identify 62,342 parcels of land, over 70,000 buildings and 2,600 cars owned by defunct councils.

“According to the new report, Counties have assets worth Sh110B and liabilities running to Sh57B and we are grateful to this committee for a job well done,” he said.

He questioned the budget proposal by the defunct Transition Authority which stood at Sh4B noting that the outgoing committee had used Sh400m.

“The rehabilitation of the old Nairobi-Nanyuki railway line used Sh1B from the proposed Sh21B and it seems that there is a big problem in some departments,” he said.

Speaking in Panorama Hotel in Naivasha during the handing over ceremony, he expressed his concern over an increase in cases of inter-governmental disputes.

“We are grateful that the IGRTC has helped solve some disputes between government institutions as the government has paid millions to lawyers during court cases,” he noted.

On the current revenue allocation impasse, Wamalwa was optimistic that Senate would help resolve the issue soonest possible.

“We hope that there will be sobriety in the manner that the senate debates and resolves this issue which is very critical in the running of counties,” he said.

On her part, the outgoing vice-chairperson Allyce Kureiya said that during their tenure they had managed to resolve eleven out of the 23 disputes between counties.

“The biggest challenge we faced was interference from other bodies and we hope the new team will get full support from the State,” she said.

On his part, the new acting chairman John Burugu was optimistic that they would deliver after their term tenure was confirmed to six years.

“We are ready to tackle the pending disputes between counties and we shall seek the support of the State in reaching our objectives,” he said.