The Track Record of Kenyan MCAs

Some sections of the media tend to judge the performance of a Member of the County Assembly (MCA) exclusively from what he or she has done for the ward the MCA was elected in. In consequence, an MCA tends to campaign for re-election on this basis only: Show off in the ward, point to projects that were put in place there – and make sure that a lot of work is done in the last year of his term. And make the ward development fund‘s achievements shine bright and shed a favorable light on the MCA.

But this is just ONE task of the MCAs. Continue reading “The Track Record of Kenyan MCAs”

The Track Record of Kenyan MCAs

Some sections of the media tend to judge the performance of a Member of the County Assembly (MCA) exclusively from what he or she has done for the ward the MCA was elected in. In consequence, an MCA tends to campaign for re-election on this basis only: Show off in the ward, point to projects that were put in place there – and make sure that a lot of work is done in the last year of his term. And make the ward development fund‘s achievements shine bright and shed a favorable light on the MCA.

But this is just ONE task of the MCAs. Continue reading “The Track Record of Kenyan MCAs”

New Auditor General Reports – and how to interpret them

There are even more Auditor  General Reports on the Counties online by now. After the reports on the county governments those on the county assemblies have been added to the Kenao.go.ke-Website (see link below). For their interpretation: the reports of the Kenyan Auditor General mostly contain quite technical language that should be known by those who report on the content. Continue reading “New Auditor General Reports – and how to interpret them”

OAG – Timeline for Auditor General reports in counties

Timeline for Auditor General’s Audit Reports on the County Finances

Step 0: June 30 end of financial year
Step 1: Sep 30 (not later than three months after end of financial year) the county must have submitted the financial statements (Public Audit Act Sec. 47)
Step 2: Dec. 31 The Auditor General must have audited and reported about the County accounts and all its funds and authorities (Constitution Art. 229 (4 a and b) within six months (Public Audit Act Sec 48)
Step 3: Mar. 31 of following year (latest) Three months after the report was given to it the County Assembly shall have debated and considered the reports and taken appropriate action – Public Audit Act 50(2) .
Step 4: June 30 of following year (latest) Three months after the recommendations of the County Assembly the CEC Finance shall have taken the steps to implement them or explained in writing why the report had not been acted upon – PAA 53 (1).
Step 5: If the CEC does not obey by this rule he is in contempt of County Assembly. The Assembly may recommend to remove or relegate him. – PAA 53(2)

County Assembly

The citizens of any county can turn to their elected County assembly member if for instance, the promised road in their ward has not been built. But this is the task of the County government, not the assembly. The county assembly, however, is in charge of budget making, oversight over the County government, law making for the county and representation of the will of voters of the whole county. The funtions are laid out in the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution.

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Stories from older Auditor General Reports

Even as this website goes online, in September 2016, there is still time for up-to-date reporting on the “old” Auditor General Reports on your county. These reports scrutinize the budget income and expenditure for the 2013/2014 financial year.

Why is this not an outdated issue? Precisely BECAUSE the reports have been submitted a long time ago. All deadlines are now over for everyone that WAS expected to act in response. Continue reading “Stories from older Auditor General Reports”

Timeline of Budget Making

The budget making process in Kenya follows a strict timeline. At every stage of the process, there are various key events that happen which are newsworthy.

Exclusive stories can be generated at different stages in the budget making process – from formulation, approval, implementation and audit.

For details on the budget cycle, Refer  to section 125 of the Public Finance Management Act. Note: Due to the election year 2017 the timeline for the 2017/18 budget is different! See our article to learn about the challenges. Continue reading “Timeline of Budget Making”

The Track Record of Kenyan MCAs

Some sections of the media tend to judge the performance of a Member of the County Assembly (MCA) exclusively from what he or she has done for the ward the MCA was elected in. In consequence, an MCA tends to campaign for re-election on this basis only: Show off in the ward, point to projects that were put in place there – and make sure that a lot of work is done in the last year of his term. And make the ward development fund‘s achievements shine bright and shed a favorable light on the MCA.

But this is just ONE task of the MCAs. Continue reading “The Track Record of Kenyan MCAs”