Sunday, February 21, 2021 – Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) will have to wait longer for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Ksh4.5 billion car grant promise.
This is after the Controller of Budget (COB) Margaret Nyakang’o wrote a letter to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) CEO Anne Gitau and sought to stop the implementation of the car grant before a few fundamental issues were resolved.
In the letter, Nyakang’o stated that most counties budgeted for a car loan facility and not a grant.
She highlighted that this is implemented through legislation that is enacted to create a revolving fund.
But the legislation does 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.
“Some counties are operating one mortgage and car loan fund for the staff and members of the county assembly.”
“It should be noted that in some counties, the kitty is not fully funded,” Nyakang’o stated.
The COB noted that she had divided the request from county governments to release funds into two categories namely; 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 office of the CoB has received numerous requests from county governments on implementation of the review of the car loan benefit to a transport facilitation benefit in form of a car grant for speakers and MCAs,” she stated.
Nyakang’o, in her letter, sought clarification on how to convert the car loan facility into a car grant benefit with the SRC considering all issues raised as well as how to treat the interest so far repaid by the beneficiaries.
The SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich, in early February, had approved the MCAs car grant in which Uhuru had promised MCAs a Ksh2 million car grant each.
The Kenyan DAILY POST