In Summary
  • The bill has Sh316 billion as the equitable share for the 47 county governments, although the figure is likely to be contested by the Senate.
  • The older version of the bill, which had Sh310 billion for counties, flopped at the mediation level of the National Assembly and Senate after the two Houses failed to agree on what the counties should get. 
  • On Tuesday, National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale said the CRA is largely to blame for the impasse on the bill that has threatened the operations at the counties. 
  • The figure was revised upwards a day after governors moved to the Supreme Court to file a petition, led by Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) and vice-chair Mwangi wa Iria (Murang'a).

A new version of the Division of Revenue Bill, 2019 has been published and is set to be introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday next week when sittings resume after a short recess.

The bill has Sh316 billion as the equitable share for the 47 county governments, although the figure is likely to be contested by the Senate.

Besides that, the Council of Governors, in its response to the move, rejected the government's offer.

In a statement following the announcement, CoG chairman Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega) said, "We refute the government's claims of an increase in the counties' share of revenue to Sh316 billion and insist on the Commission on Revenue Allocation's figure of Sh335 billion."

He said they would await the Supreme Court's ruling on the matter.

MEDIATION FLOP

The older version of the bill, which had Sh310 billion for counties, flopped at the mediation level of the National Assembly and Senate after the two Houses failed to agree on what the counties should get. 

Whereas National Assembly representatives in the mediation committee had agreed on Sh316 billion, a slight climb up from the Sh310 billion as published in the bill by the National Treasury, the Senate disagreed.

The Senate, after intense negotiations during mediation, settled for Sh327 billion, a drop from the Sh335 billion as recommended by the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA).

CRA BLAMED

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