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Will Kenya Spend Half of its Tax Revenue in 2019 on Debt Repayment?

Business Daily reports that debt repayments will take up half of the taxes in the current financial year (FY) 2018/19.According to the article published in May 2018, the taxpayers will spend KSh870.52 billion on debt repayments in the year starting July 2018. This represents a growth of KSh262.22 billion over...

Is the Counties’ Wage Bill Taking Up Over 70% of their Budgets?

An article in the Business Daily (June 2018) raised a question about the sustainability of county governments due to their “ballooning” wage bill.The article entitled "It’s time to review devolution strengths and weaknesses" says the following:“It’s worth pointing out that one of the most poignant discussions around the sustainability of...

Are Kenyan County Governments Always on a Looting Spree?

The media usually carries stories about looting, theft or misappropriation of county funds. The stories occasion the release of the reports by the Controller of Budget and the Auditor General.The Controller of Budget releases consolidated quarterly budget implementation reports for the County Governments and an annual report. The Auditor...

Fact Checking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Madaraka Day speech

In his Madaraka Day speech on June 1st 2018, President Uhuru Kenyatta made several claims that PesaCheck has identified for fact-checking. Here is a look at 5 of those claims.In the first claim, which is about life expectancy, the President claimed that Kenyans today live almost twice as long...

How Many Counties Have Raised at Least 60% of Their Revenue Targets Since 2013?

Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto claimed that only 22 out of Kenya’s 47 counties met at least 60% their revenue targets in the four years since they were established. Mr Ruto made this claim in his closing remarks at the 5th Devolution Conference in Kakamega County, citing the under-performance in revenue collection by...

Will Kenya Spend 45% of Revenue Collected in 2018 on Debt Repayment?

Kenya’s debt repayments are taking up a significant proportion of the revenue the country collects, a recent article in the Business Daily reveals. According to the article by Constant Munda, debt repayment will take up as much as 45 per cent of tax revenue collected, and this is linked to the Treasury’s...

Does the Informal Sector Contribute 70% of Kenya’s GDP?

During an interview with the Daily Nation in February 2018, Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria claimed that the informal sector contributes 70 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The governor was answering a question regarding the fate of hawkers in Kenol in Murang’a County, saying that most of...

How Many Counties Met Their Revenue Targets in the FY 2016/17?

The 47 county governments have been in existence since after the 2013 general elections. To support their ability to provide services, the Constitution came up with supporting mechanisms.The Constitution provides the sources of county governments' revenue in Kenya.When it comes to local revenue, Article 209 of the Constitution identifies two main...

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The Key Stages and Dates in the Budget Process in Kenya

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The Role and Functions of County Governments in Kenya

The functions of County Governments in Kenya are enshrined in the Constitution. County governments in Kenya are one of the two arms of government....

The Role of the Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) in Kenya

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