Governors allied with Vice President William Ruto snubbed the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Economic and Fiscal Council (IBEC) meeting, at the DP’s residence in Karen, Nairobi County.
A number of government officials also gave prominence to the Tuesday, May 31 event.
Among the leaders present were Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, PS Decentralization Julius Korir, Budget Comptroller Margaret Nyakang’o, representatives from the National Treasury, Ministry of Decentralization and members of the county executive committee.
Vice President William Ruto visits his Karen residence ahead of the IBEC meeting on Tuesday May 31.
Ruto’s office, in a statement sent to newsrooms, said the meeting’s agenda was to discuss major economic issues affecting the country, including pending bills and disbursement of funds to counties. to enable effective service delivery.
The DP, who chaired the meeting, pleaded for the pending bills to be dealt with with utmost urgency.
“The Ministry of Deconcentration will convene a meeting with stakeholders to discuss this problematic issue with a view to resolving it and eliminating unnecessary sanctions,” he said.
Governor Nanok emphasized that timely disbursement of funds would facilitate service delivery by counties.
This was corroborated by Budget Comptroller Margaret Nyakang’o who noted that own source revenue had the potential to unlock the country’s economic potential.
“We have partnered with the United Nations Capital Development Fund to improve the counties’ own revenue generation, which will also help them solve the problem of pending bills,” she reiterated.
Prior to the handshake in 2018, various government officials would attend the IBEC meeting with the aim of discussing economic issues and solutions to reduce the cost of living.
However, most leaders have since snubbed the meeting over the years amid cracks in relations between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy.
DP William Ruto addresses a crowd during a Kenya Kwanza rally at Msabaha Stadium in County Kilifi on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
In 2016, leaders who attended the IBEC meeting were Senator Tharaka Nithi Kithure Kindiki, Governor of Makueni Kivutha Kibwana, CCM Party Leader Isaac Rutto, and CS of Agriculture Peter Munya, among others.
In 2021, Cabinet Secretaries Ukur Yatani (Treasury), George Magoha (Education), Peter Munya (Agriculture) and James Macharia (Transport) did not honor invitations.