3 Governors who made the highest amount of money in their counties during Covid

Controller of Budget releases report

Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakang'o

The Controller of Budget has named the three counties which managed to make the highest revenues over the 2020/2021 financial year.

In a report released this week, COB Margaret Nyakang'o stated that only Tana River, Turkana and Migori Counties met their revenue targets for the first nine months of the financial year.

The three counties are led by Governors Godhana Dhadho (Tana River), Josephat Nanok (Turkana) and Okoth Obado (Migori) who is facing a murder trial.

According to the report, during those first nine months of the financial year, Tana River county made a total of Sh67.2 million in own-source collections which accounted for 92.6% of its budget.

Governor Nanok's Turkana County made Sh128.6 million in the period of review which accounted for 84.5% of the county's budget.

COB registered it as a 12.3% increase in revenue collected compared to a similar period in the previous financial year.

Migori County managed to make Sh221.75 million in own-source revenue which accounted for 77.8% of its budget. The figure was an 11% drop from the Sh227.16 million collected the previous year.

County Spending

Dr Nyakang'o also reported a high amount of county expenditure which went to travel, despite Covid-19 regulations which limited people's movement.

The budget controller flagged the seven highest county spenders, where Tana River County also featured.

Governor Joseph Ole Lenku's Kajiado County was the highest spender with Sh333.14 million having gone to local travel and subsistence for county workers.

Cornel Rasanga's Siaya County was the second biggest spender at Sh332.55 million while Wycliffe Wangamati's Bungoma county was ranked third with Sh313.15 million spent on travel.

Tana River and Nairobi county completed the top five list having spent Sh303.04 million and Sh297.97 million on local travel over nine months of the 2020/2021 fiscal year.

Machakos, Meru, Kitui, Kiambu, Kisii and Nyeri followed with Sh283.40 million, Sh264.09 million, Sh249.63 million, Sh245.10 million, Sh213.69 million and Sh202.23 million respectively.

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