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Nairobi to get Sh15bn of devolution funds

Counties will receive more money from the National Government in the next Budget after a parliamentary watchdog committee cleared last year’s audited accounts.

Nairobi County will get the biggest chunk — Sh15.09 billion.

This year, the county, led by Governor Evans Kidero, received Sh11.34 billion. That means its allocation will increase by Sh3.8 billion.

The county has been seeking clearance from its assembly to borrow Sh4 billion. The matter has been challenged in court by MCAs allied to the Jubilee Alliance.

Kakamega County — which, according to a report released on Monday contributes 4.9 per cent to the national poverty — will receive the second largest allocation at Sh9.474 billion.

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In the current year, it was given Sh7.773 billion.

The Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya released by the Ministry of Planning and Devolution ranked Kakamega as having the highest incidence of poverty with 809,500 people living below the poverty line.

Among Coast counties, Kilifi will be the biggest beneficiary and the third nationally. It will receive Sh9.306 billion.

Mandera and Kiambu will take the fourth and fifth biggest chunks of the pie with Sh8.97 billion and Sh8.78 billion respectively.

Lamu, which was earlier this year rocked by violence that left 89 people dead will receive the least amount — Sh2.27 billion.

Tharaka-Nithi and Isiolo will get Sh3.38 billion and Sh3.426 billion respectively.