Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Mbatia said that the allocation to NMS by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani has left the county assembly in total confusion, rendering its future bleak.
This comes after Mr Yattani last week allocated the entire Sh15.95 billion Nairobi County government equitable revenue share as well as Sh9.7 billion from the county's own-source revenue to NMS for the 2020/2021 financial year.
Mr Mbatia questioned the move, saying that going by the Division of Revenue Act, national government transfers to Nairobi County should be done through the County Revenue Fund (CRF), where own-source revenue is also deposited, meaning that all the Sh26.4 billion allocated to NMS should be done by the county assembly.
If NMS is to get Sh9.7 billion from the own-source revenue and all the equitable revenue share, then even funding the remaining functions and the county assembly's Sh2.2 billion will be very difficult," said the Kariobangi South MCA.
He pointed out that at the moment, the assembly is working towards the Finance Bill but on the assumption that the money that has been allocated to NMS will be less the county's revenue from the equitable share from the national government.