Just this weekend, while on a three day tour of Kwale county, Deputy President William Ruto took a direct swipe at the same government in which he’s the Principal Assistant while attacking the BBI. He wondered how they as the government could pay 35 percent of revenue to counties, when even the current 15 percent was a problem, and they owed the counties 100 billion.
He said this while alluding to the 35 percent that has been proposed in the BBI Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020.
In a spectacular display of political power and tact, just yesterday, the DP was made to eat his words in deed.
One of the roles that the DP plays is that of the head of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council. As such, he oversees projects that the government, in conjunction with other governments, may want to enter into a contractual agreement with, and signs off any monetary commitments.
The powers that be saw it fit to use the occasion, and his role as chair of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC), and have him as the main prop while the government gave out, not just the 100 billion he was talking about, but in fact, in the excess of 400 billion.
Not only did the DP agree to go through with it, but interestingly, he even posted about it soon after the event was over on his online profiles.
County Governments will get Sh409.88 billion in the 2021/2022 financial year, reflecting a Sh53.5 billion increase. The additional resources will facilitate post-COVID-19 pandemic economic recovery and ensure sustained service delivery at the counties
Apart from simply the optics of a political message being conveyed, this latest move is also likely to buy the government wriggling room, as it, without a doubt, will render the DP speechless in criticisms concerning county allocations. It is expected that he will be slow to raise his voice in such a debate, after overseeing such an agreement.