Counties are staring at a financial crisis after a majority of them failed to meet the statutory requirement to upload their 2021/2022 Financial Year budgets on the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) by August 2.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke on phone on Wednesday, August 4 morning, the office of the Controller of Budget, noted that 32 counties failed to meet their obligations when the deadline lapsed.
The non-compliant counties will also not be able to fulfill their mandates such as payment of salaries to staff as well as delivery of services to the people.
The Controller of Budget (CoB), Dr. Margret Nyakang’o, said that 15 counties have had their budgets approved and posted on the portal so far. This means that the remaining counties will not have access to their finances until the issues raised by her office are fully addressed.
Dr. Nyakang’o had earlier revealed that counties with disclaimer of opinion in their audited accounts would inevitably have their required equitable allocation stopped.
“Until counties approve and upload their budgets on IFMIS as required by the law, they will not get their equitable share,” warned the Controller of Budget.
She further revealed that counties had delayed the budget approval due to disagreements between the county executives and the assemblies.
The new move to have non-complying counties locked out of funds will have serious ramifications on the delivery of services to the respective county’s populations.