Top three counties to get lion’s share of funds
Nairobi, Nakuru and Kiambu counties are expected to get the lion’s share of national revenue going by the Commission on Revenue Allocation(CRA) formula after emerging as the most populous regions in the 2019 Census report.
Lamu, Isiolo and Samburu, the least populated counties, might feel the heat of reduced national sharing according to the recent figures of Kenya Population Housing and Census Report volume 2 and 4 released Friday.
The top 10 populous counties include Nairobi (4.3 million), Kiambu (2.4 million), Nakuru (2.1 million), Kakamega (1.8 million) and Bungoma (1.6 million). Meru comes sixth with a population of 1,545,714. Others are Kilifi (1,453,787), Machakos (1,421, 932), Kisii (1,266, 860) and Mombasa 1,208,333 people.
According to the revenue sharing formula that was recommended by CRA and adopted by Parliament based on five parameters, population is a priority with the formula recommending 45 per cent of the funds to go to most populous regions to ensure equal allocation.
Each county gets an equal share of 25 per cent while at least 20 per cent is allocated equally to all counties based on poverty levels. Eight per cent is based on land mass. Counties that exercise fiscal discipline get an additional two per cent.