Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – The Controller of Budget (CoB) issued a clarification yesterday over a leaked memo that was interpreted as rejecting the car grants promise issued to Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a press statement, Margaret Nyakang’o pointed out that she had not rejected the proposal but had only stated that the car grant must follow the required process before its issuance
“There are processes that must be followed to ensure that MCAs do not get into problems in terms of accounting for the grant,” read a statement by the Controller of Budget.
She also pointed out that there are enough funds to cater for the car grants.
The press statement issued on Tuesday had a significantly different tone from an internal memo Nyakang’o had written to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) Chief Executive Officer Anne Gitau, seeking to stop the implementation of the car grant before resolving some issues.
In the memo, Nyakang’o had stated that it would be difficult to achieve the car grants for MCAs as most counties had budgeted for a car loan facility and not a car grant.
According to her, this is implemented through legislation that is enacted to create a revolving fund.
The hurdle to this, she pointed out, is that these legislations do not provide for the issuance of a car grant. Further, she stated that most counties had merged the car loan facility into the revolving fund.
She also pointed out that she had divided requests from county governments to release funds into two categories; an advisory on how to implement the conversion of the car grant loan facility into a grant and the withdrawals from the County Revenue Fund (CRF) to finance the same.
The Kenyan DAILY POST