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

Progress

Kept
  • 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% * *
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%

*Not included in bill. SOURCE: Division of Revenue Acts, National Council for Legal Reporting

Going strictly by the equitable shares, the county allocation had yet to reach 40% after five years. Going by the total allocation, however, the counties received 37% in 2017/2018, with the 2018/2019 budget speech looming. – Africa Check, May 2018

Source: Jubilee Party 2013 Manifesto