‘Resolve Revenue Sharing Stalemate, I Will Increase County Budget By KSh50 Billion’ – Uhuru Urges Senate

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi convened a leaders meeting to discuss the County revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate.

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 15, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi convened a leaders’ meeting to discuss the County revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate.

The meeting, which was attended by Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Chairman of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, resolved that depending on the financial performance of the economy, the Government will, in the next Financial Year (2021/22), endeavour to allocate an additional KSh50 billion to Counties as part of efforts to strengthen devolution.

With this undertaking, the President urged Senators to urgently resolve the revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate so as to avoid disruption of service delivery in the Counties.

The meeting was attended by Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Chairman of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya

The Senate was represented at the meeting by Samuel Poghisio (Majority Leader), Irungu Kang’ata (Majority Chief Whip), James Orengo (Minority Leader) and Fatuma Dullo (Deputy Majority Leader)

Also present were Senators Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated) and Johnes Mwashushe Mwaruma (Taita Taveta).

However, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, who is the Deputy Minority Leader was not invited. The meeting was held even as Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka chaired a crucial Senate Business Committee to plan ahead of the vote which had seen the house divided into two opposing sides.

For a record ninth time, the Senate has previously failed to make a decision on the protracted third basis of sharing revenue among counties.

Senators’ indecisiveness has adversely affected service delivery in the 47 devolved units, plunging counties in a near financial crisis.

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, who is the Deputy Minority Leader was not invited.

The stalemate over the formula has stalled the passage of the County Allocation of Revenue Bill (CARA), 2020, legislation that outlines how the Sh316.5 billion allocated to the counties in the 2020-21 budget should be shared.

As the House reconvenes for the high stakes meeting, the lawmakers seem to have run into headwinds as they failed to hold a Kamukunji as ordered by Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.

This’s even as two warring camps are still pulling the strings towards their ends. Senators whose counties will gain have vowed to aggressively fight for the adoption of the new method, while those from marginalized areas insist the status quo must remain.

The meeting according to Lusaka was ostensibly to strike a balance ahead of this afternoon’s sittings after a 12-member committee established by the Senate to develop consensus on the issue of the formula failed to strike a compromise.

 

 

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