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Increasing the national budget allocated to the counties from the current 15% to 40% within the next five years


  • When made: 2013

  • Where made: Party manifesto

Kenya’s 2010 Constitution provides for equitable sharing of money between the national government and the country’s 47 counties. The counties became operational at the start of the government’s first term in March 2013.

They are stipulated to receive “not less than 15%” of all revenue collected by the national government.

In the 2013/2014 financial year, its first full year after coming to power, the Jubilee government allocated KSh 190 billion as the equitable share to the counties.
This was 28% of the 2011/2012 national government revenues, which were audited but not approved by Parliament.


TABLE: ALLOCATIONS TO KENYA COUNTIES FROM NATIONAL GOVERNMENT FROM 2013
 

Year Equitable Share (KSh billion) (%) most recent revenues audited and approved by Parliament Total Allocation

(KSh billion)
(%) most recent revenues audited and approved by Parliament
2013/14 190 27.9 210 31
2014/15 226.66 43 228.53 43.2
2015/16 259.77 33 287.04 37
2016/17 280.30 30 302.2 32.3
2017/18 302 32 345.69 37
2018/19 314 33.6 372.74 39.8
2019/20 316.5 30.5 378.49 36.5
2020/21 316.5 23.3 369.87 27.2

SOURCE: Division of Revenue Acts from the National Council for Legal Reporting and 2014/15 report of the Controller of Budget

Going strictly by the equitable shares, the average county allocation over the first five-year period works out to 33.2%, not the promised 40% after five years.

Over the eight financial years for which the allocations have been made, the average equitable allocation share works out to 31.6% of the most recent audited revenues.

Going by the total allocation, the average over the first five years is 36.1%, while over eight financial years, it works out to 35.5%. – Africa Check, Last updated August 2020.