BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIRIBI,14TH DEC 2016-With myriad of challenges facing the implementation of devolution , a report by national taxpayers association (NTA) indicates major loss of tax payers money and delayed service delivery to the citizens in several counties in Kenya. This is attributed to disparities in the degree of commitment by counties in taking action to resolve the issues identified for correction.
Speaking during the associations national launch of the follow up citizen report card in Nairobi, the NTA national coordinator Wolde Wesa has said that the assessment carried out in 5 counties between October and December this year identified considerable effort in fixing infrastructural projects with issues by the counties. He has however pointed out that there is more to be done to involve citizens in the identification, design implementation and monitoring the projects. Only an average of 51% fixing of the projects with issues was identified in the counties surveyed.
The assessment of 128 infrastructure based projects in Busia, Kitui, Kisumu, Kwale and Nyeri was done with a view of ensuring the public partakes in the process of monitoring how their tax money is being collected, allocated and utilized. The chairman NTA peter Kubebea hints that the level of implementation of projects at county level should guide citizens in deciding which leader o vote in again and which leader to vote out of office in the next general election .