A spirit of reconciliation and seriousness has started to emerge among leaders in Makueni County after years of deadly squabbling.
In that spirit, Governor Kivutha Kibwana has asked the County Assembly to fast track the 2015/16 Finance Bill to enable the County to collect revenue.
The County expects to collect Sh400 million this financial year — a major increase from Sh87 million in 2013/14 and Sh220 million in last financial year.
Prof. Kivutha said to achieve sustainable development the County must fund at least 15 per cent of its budget from its own resources.
“The overall implication of low revenue collection is that a large portion of our budget is funded by national government transfers,” Kivutha said.
While agreeing to fast track the bill the County Majority Leader Francis Mutuku blamed the Executive for the delay. He said the Bill was brought late causing the delay that has resulted in low revenue collection.
Mr. Mutuku said although the Bill was brought in late it was already at the public hearing stage adding that Prof. Kivutha’s good intentions were being ruined by poor implementation.
He said the Assembly was willing to work with the Governor but underscored the need for him to “show those incapable of delivering the door”.
On his part, Prof. Kivutha said his government will fully automate all revenue collection systems, recruit officers to assist with the exercise in each subcounty and train staff in four months.
Emphasising the need for the County leaders to work together, Prof, Kivutha regretted that time had been wasted on wrangles between the two arms of government at the expense of development.
“For the last two years our county was in a state of self-identification in which we struggled for a while. To realise development we must work together,” he said.