- The inaugural sittings dubbed “Senate Mashinani” were held in Uasin Gishu in September last year.
- The Senate will hold its plenary and committee sittings outside Nairobi, in Kitui County from September 16th to 20th.
- County Allocation of Revenue Bill top on the agenda of the 67-senators' five-day sittings.
The second edition of the Senate county sittings have kicked off in Kitui, exciting residents and rousing the town’s economy, with most hotels recording full bookings.
The plenary and committee sittings will be held outside Nairobi in Kitui County from September 16 to 20, to bring the Senate closer to the people.
The inaugural sittings dubbed “Senate Mashinani” were held in Uasin Gishu in September 2018.
According to a notice published by Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye, the sittings to be held within the precincts of County Assembly of Kitui with public hearings at the Kitui Multi-Purpose Hall, will give an opportunity to Kitui MCAs and staff to learn and borrow from best practices.
ORDER OF BUSINESS
The senators will transact several national legislative agendas during their plenary sessions with various committees dealing with local issues from Kitui and neighbouring counties of Makueni and Machakos.
Among the Bills lined up for debate is the County Allocation of Revenue Bill which will divide among the counties the revenue allocated to county governments on the basis determined in accordance with the resolution in force under Article 217.
It is a significant law for all the 47 counties because it gives effect to the Division of Revenue Act and determines what each devolved unit will get out of the Sh316 billion equitable and sharable revenue approved last week by the National Assembly.
The Bill to be debated on Wednesday is eagerly awaited because it will avert a possible shutdown of counties. This is because without it, they cannot access their share of national revenue. It allocates funds based on a formula developed by the Commission on Revenue Allocation.
Last week, the Council of Governors had threatened to shut down counties for lack of funds to offer essential services owing to the standoff between Senate and the National Assembly over the amount of money that should have gone to counties as equitable share.