In Summary
  • Efforts for mediation foundered as the two chambers failed to agree, and that is not an option now.
  • But the matter should be handled differently in the future by involving both chambers.

The stalemate between the National Assembly and the Senate over the allocation of funds to the counties has serious ramifications.

Counties are at a grave risk of going without money unless the Bill on this is passed before Parliament dissolves ahead of the August elections.

At the heart of the row is a dispute over the amount of money to be allocated to the counties under the Division of Revenue Bill.

INADEQUATE FUNDS

The National Assembly has proposed a Sh323.7 billion allocation to the counties, out which Sh291 billion is to be shared equally.

The rest is distributed among the most disadvantaged counties under the principle of equalisation provided for in the Constitution.

However, the Senate has rejected the allocation, insisting on a higher package.

Senators have a point in demanding more for the counties.

TURF WAR

But they have something else up their sleeves.

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