INDEFINITE RECESS

“It is a race against time. We shall only take an indefinite recess in June for those eyeing political seats to participate in the party primaries,” Prof Kindiki said yesterday in Nairobi.

He said there will be no disruption of Parliament until August 8, when Kenyans go to the polls to elect leaders.

Already, he said, senators are eager to start processing the 2017 Division of Revenue Bill that has been submitted to the Senate from the National Assembly.

The bill determines the amount of money allocated for devolved functions in the 47 counties and governors want senators to re-consider the equitable share for the 2017/18 financial year that they said is inadequate.

PRESIDENTIAL ASSENT

The Treasury agreed with a resolution by the National Assembly to reduce the allocation to counties’ equitable share from Sh299.1 billion to Sh291.1 billion and the reduction of conditional allocations by Sh1.4 billion.

The Senate will later agree on the County Allocation of Revenue Bill that divides among the counties the revenue allocated to regional governments.

The two Bills must be passed by both Houses before being referred to the President for his signature.

Previously, the National Assembly and the Senate have engaged in a push and pull over the appropriate amount the counties deserve, prompting the two Houses to form a mediation committee to strike a compromise.

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