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Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang’o’s report showed that all 47 devolved units collected KES 19.9 billion through their sources over six months.The amount generated by counties during the period represents the biggest amount of money they have brought in from their resources since devolution started in 2013. Nairobi topped the list with KES 3.6 billion, up from KES 2.6 billion recorded during the same period last year.

For the first half of the 2023/2024 fiscal year (FY), four counties – Nairobi, Narok, Kiambu, and Mombasa- accounted for half of the entire amount of source revenue collected by 47 counties.

Under Johnson Sakaja, Nairobi improved its revenue collection from KSh 2.6b to KSh 3.6b. 


Office of the Controller of Budget (OCoB) released data showing that all 47 devolved units collected KSh 19.9 billion through their sources over six months.


“During the reporting period, the county governments managed to raise a total of KSh 19.95 billion from their own-source revenue (OSR). The own source revenue comprised of KSh 13.55 billion from ordinary own sources of revenue and KSh 6.40 billion from Facility Improvement Fund (FIF)/Appropriation in Aid (A-I-A),” the report stated.

Which county collected the highest revenue? CoB Margaret Nyakang’o’s report showed Nairobi topped the list with KSh 3.6 billion, up from KSh 2.6 billion recorded during the same period last year. Narok was ranked second with a collection of KSh 2.93 billion, followed by Kiambu (KSh 1.64 billion) and Mombasa (KSh1.61 billion).

The realised own source accounted for 24.9% of the aggregate OSR annual target for FY 2023/24 of KSh 80.20 billion. It represented an increase of 3.5% from KSh 13.11 billion generated in a similar period of FY 2022/23.

Counties that had the lowest percentage of local revenue collected to the annual local revenue target included Mandera at 15.3%, Kakamega at 13.7%, Kajiado at 12.8%, Kericho at 12.7%, Kilifi at 10.5%, and Machakos at 7.4%. Which counties spent zero on development? Nyakang’o noted that county governments’ total expenditure from July 1 to September 1, 2023, amounted to KSh 67.47 billion.

Under governor Johson Sakaja, Nairobi spent KSh 176 million on domestic travel, KSh 51.8 million on fuel, KSh 28 million on hospitality, KSh 11.9 million on foreign trips and zero on development. Besides Nairobi, other counties that spent zero on development were Embu (Cecily Mbarire), Homa Bay (Gladys Wanga), Kericho (Eric Mutai), Kilifi (Gideon Mung’aro) and Machakos (Wavinya Ndeti).

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