H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta met with members of the Commission on Revenue Allocation at State House, Nairobi. The commissioners, led by chairperson Dr. Jane Kiringai, briefed the President on how they intend to execute their mandate to ensure Kenyans fully enjoy the fruits of devolution.
The President asked the Commission to single out devolved functions and determine funds required to facilitate service delivery. He assured them of his full commitment to devolution, saying its intention was good from the onset and urged the Commission to focus itself on implementing its mandate as stated in the Kenya Constitution.
“We should not just share revenue, let us look at the functions. We should ask ourselves have we allocated enough funds to the specified function or not?” the President stated.
The Head of State also urged members of the Commission to visit all counties and see for themselves challenges facing Kenyans in different parts of the country before coming up with the policy and framework to share resources.
“We created an issue on marginalization. Whereas there are places which were marginalized in terms of development, we need to realize that there are people who are very poor in all counties and what they require is services which can help uplift their living standards,” said the President.
The President singled out slum areas like Kondele in Kisumu, Kibera, Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Mukuru Kayaba, Mukuru kwa Reuben in Nairobi, Bangladesh in Mombasa, Ndeiya in Kiambu and some parts of Eldoret town where Kenyans live in abject poverty and require deliberate efforts to improve their lives.
“Visit these areas and ask yourselves as to whether you are giving enough money to counties to sort out these areas or not,” the Head of State told the Commissioners.
The Head of Public Service and Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua also attended the meeting.