President Uhuru Kenyatta has told Governors and Senators to be realistic in their demand for additional funds for county governments.
He said national government cannot afford to give more than what has been allocated.
The President noted the national government doesn’t have the resources the leaders are demanding for and urged governors to devise ways of running the devolved units within the allocated limits.
The Senate demands 335.6 billion shillings while the National assembly demands 316.5 billion shillings for counties.
“You cannot eat what you have not produced. We would want to allocate you the money you are requesting but we don’t have it. Please utilise what you have,” President Uhuru said.
The President spoke in Gatanga, Murang’a County where he joined mourners for the burial service of Rahab Wambui, the mother of former area MP Peter Kenneth.
He said Division of Revenue Bill need not be contentious if all leaders realise the country utilises taxes collected from Kenyans for its development needs and has no other means of getting funds.
“We would want our Counties to progress and develop but where will we get that money? You cannot make or print money,” added President Uhuru.
He said at no time will he allow few individuals to pocket public funds at the expense of development projects meant to benefit Kenyans.
The President said if Governors and Senators want more funds to be allocated to the devolved units then they are free to deduct their salaries and add to what has been allocated.
“We have allocated you funds according to what we have, we cannot state more than that,” said the President.
He urged Kenyans to work hard and by instilling virtues of discipline, integrity and commitment to the young generation to ensure Kenya develops into a prosperous nation.
The Head of State emphasized the importance of national unity and peace saying a cohesive Kenya will guarantee economic prosperity for all.