May 5, 2015
In the 2013/14 financial year, the governor Evans Kidero-led administration realised Sh10 billion in revenue, while the total revenue generated by all the 47 counties amounted to Sh26.3 billion. In the first financial year of the devolution system, the county governments had budgeted for Sh261.1 billion, of which Sh100.4 billion was intended for development. However, the national government availed Sh193.4 billion. The Controller of Budget, Agnes Odhiambo, reported that the counties targeted to net Sh54.2 billion from local revenue sources, but only managed 48.5 per cent of their targets.
However, Odhiambo in the annual county budget implementation review report for the 2013/14 fiscal year, points out that 43 counties did not meet their revenue targets. Even though Nairobi alone achieved 38 per cent of the total amount generated by all the 47 counties, the city county did not hit the targeted income of Sh15.9 billion.
According to Odhiambo, only the West Pokot, Kericho, Marsabit and Tharaka-Nithi counties exceeded their annual revenue targets. The four counties raised between 101 per cent and 155 per cent in revenue. Bungoma County raised the lowest revenue as a proportion of the target of Sh2.76 billion.