Factors influencing municipal councils' allocation of Local Authority Transfer Fund in selected projects in Ogembo Town, Gucha District-Kenya

This research project sought to establish the Factors Influencing Municipal Councils' Allocations ofLATF in Selected Projects in Ogembo Town Council. The purpose of the study was to establish the factors influencing Municipal Councils' allocation ofLATF in selected projects in Ogembo Town Council. The study was guided by the following objectives: To establish whether Ministerial Policy guidelines are followed in the allocation of LATF in selected projects in Ogembo Town Council; To establish the extent to which politics influenced the allocation of LATF in selected projects in Ogembo Town Council; To examine the extent to which the cost of a project influenced the allocation of LATF in selected projects in Ogembo Town Council and to explore the extent to which prioritization of a project influenced the allocation ofLATF in selected projects in Ogembo Town Council. In chapter one, the researcher looked into the significance of the study, its limitations and delimitations, its basic assumptions and definitions of significant terms used in the variables of the study. The second chapter reviews literature related to the variables under study. The purpose of the literature was to establish the foundation for the study and identify a framework upon which primary data was contextualized and interpreted. The literature review has been arranged under the following headings: Ministerial Policies Guidelines on Allocation of LATF to Project, Political influence on allocation of LATF for projects, Influence of Cost of a Project in Allocation of LATF, Influence of project prioritization in allocation of LATF, theoretical framework and conceptual framework. In the third chapter the researcher used a survey design for data collection from target population of 44 project officers, who at the same time were used as the sample size because they were few in number. By using purposive sampling, the target population was used as the sample population. Validity and reliability of the researcher instruments were done by pilot testing and testretest techniques respectively. Data was administered by the researcher after obtaining permission from the Ministry of Higher Education (Department of Research). The collected data was analyzed by use of the Likert Scale for rating the respondents' responses on factors which influence municipal councils' allocation ofLATF in selected projects in Ogembo Town Council. In chapter four the researcher covers data analysis, presentation of the analyzed data, interpretation and discussion of the analyzed data based on the objectives of the study. Chapter five gives the summary of the findings of the analyzed data, conclusions and recommendations of the study. Based on the findings of the study, the researcher concluded that Ministerial policy guidelines influences the allocation of LA TF as it gives the criteria of the fund allocation to projects and encourage proper utilization of the fund allocation to projects. The researcher also observes that there is a likelihood of LATF allocation which then disadvantages other wards' projects as a result of political influence, under costing of projects hinders project completion and that priority projects need to be allocated LATF first, The researcher recommends that Ministerial Policies guidelines on allocation of LA TF for projects need be followed by the council, political interference on LATF allocation should be stopped and errant eouncilors be punished, Ogembo Town Council need to allocate enough LATF to projects, prioritized projects need to be implemented first and there is need to involve the local citizens in project implementation.