By OUR REPORTERS
Assets worth billions of shillings belonging to all 47 counties countrywide are yet to be transferred five years after the promulgation of the new constitution.
The country’s supreme law was promulgated on August 27, 2010 and the transfer of assets from the national Government to county governments was to follow immediately after.
The Transition Authority was to preside over the process of transferring assets between the two levels of government. It is not clear why the national Government is still dragging its feet in transferring assets to the county Governments.
According to a validation report released by a consultancy firm contracted by Trans Nzioa County, its assets worth more than Sh 34 billion are yet to be transferred.
The report shows there are assets worth Sh20 billion from two defunct local authorities that have not been transferred to Trans-Nzoia County.
The asset audit report also shows that there are administration and education facilities worth Sh14 billion yet to transferred to the same County.
However, interviews by representatives from different counties across the country shows that the ownership of their assets worth billions of shillings is unknown because they have not been transferred to them.
Nairobi City County headquarters. Photo courtesy
Trans-Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba said that his government engaged a consultancy firm to carry out the asset audit in order to safeguard the public assets from two other the defunct two counties.
Khaemba said his administration will use the report to conduct a forensic audit of all public property in the county.
“We have achieved tremendous progress in devolution and one of the key responsibilities of the county is to ensure public assets are protected and my government will use this report to conduct a forensic audit on all public assets in the county,” said Khaemba.
Devolution PS Mwanamwaka Mburuki urged other counties to emulate Trans-Nzoia County to ensure public assets are protected from looting.
“It is critical that public assets are properly used and protected from possible looting. I urge other counties to emulate what Trans-Nzoia county have done,” Mburuki said.
While releasing the report, Josim Instantaneous Consortium Ltd director Isaya Walubengo said that County governments must ensure there is asset audit to avoid loss of property.
Walubengo tabled a report on Counties assets during the launch of the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee Strategic Plan at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
The report follows an asset audit by Josim Instantaneous Consortium Limited (JIC) on property held by Kitale municipal and Nzoia County councils.
“It is prudent that the counties embrace proper asset audit to avoid loss of property they inherited from the defunct council authorities,” said Walubengo.
The company he said was involved in physical verification, audit and valuation of the assets and liabilities of the defunct Kitale Municipal Council and defunct Nzoia County Council.
The validated (verified and audited) assets and liabilities will be transferred by the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC) to the County Government of Trans Nzoia.
The validated report of assets and liabilities of the two defunct local authorities and subsequent closing financial statements as at March 27, 2013 had been prepared for six months.
Mr Walubengo said that many assets in some counties have been lost due to lack of proper audit and urged the counties to ensure validation and verification of their respective properties.
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