A Senate committee is set to start discussions aimed at reviving a Sh1 billion fund meant for oversight of counties that was rejected by the National Assembly.

The senators had proposed to have the fund factored in the budget to enable them monitor how governors were utilizing devolved funds.

The Session Committee on County Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment Fund that is chaired by Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi is expected to meet Thursday with MPs, to consider how to progress on the fund.

Last year, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi named a team of MPs led by Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Mutava Musyimi to discuss with their Senate counterparts to see how the money can be made available to the Senate.

Progress on the special fund was cut short after the Committee on Delegated Legislation last year annulled the rules on the management of the fund developed by the Treasury.

Senators have maintained that there is a lot of wastage of public funds at the counties and the fund is important to enhance the Senate’s role to correct the mess.

The National Assembly’s Committee on Delegated Legislation had called for annulment of the regulations developed to manage how the money allocated to the Senate is used.

The MPs said the regulations were not developed in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act.

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But the senators on Wednesday said by refusing to pass the regulations that could have allowed them access the fund, the MPs have demonstrated they supported wastage at counties.

Citing the recently released audit reports that showed wanton misappropriation of public funds, Senate Majority Leader, Prof Kithure Kindiki said it is wrong for the MPs to play politics with a serious matter like corruption.

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