Consider proposal to transfer council debts

City Hall, Nairobi
City Hall, Nairobi. Nairobi County will for the second year running receive the lion’s share of the proposed Sh242.4 billion set aside for devolved units in the 2014/15 financial year. 

The proposal by a lobby group that an autonomous institution be established to inherit the billions of shillings owed by local authorities is worth considering.

Presently, the law dictates that all local authorities will cease to exist and their powers and liabilities are to be transferred to county governments after the next General Election.

The Kenya Alliance of Residents Association (Kara) reckons that this sets the table for chaos on the strength that the debt-laden country governments will be unable to deliver services efficiently, hence defeating the essence of devolution.

This position makes plenty of sense. We, therefore, urge policy and lawmakers to mull over plans that will allow county governments to start on a clean slate and accelerate service delivery as required under the Constitution.