In Summary
  • The two Houses have long disagreed over the crucial bill that allocates funds to the two levels of government.
  • As the dispute rages, on, county operations have stalled as thousands of workers have not been paid their July salaries while hospitals are running short of drugs due to lack of supply.
  • In an address to members of the Nakuru County assembly on Wednesday, President Kenyatta asked the houses to reach an agreement to allow the government to release funds to the devolved units.
  • He noted, however, that the government's resources are still limited so counties will not get a higher allocation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday asked the Senate and the National Assembly to end the dispute over Division on Revenue Bill, 2019 to keep the public from suffering.

The two Houses have long disagreed over the crucial bill that allocates funds to the two levels of government.

Whereas the National Assembly has proposed that counties get Sh316 billion, the Senate wants them allocated Sh327 billion.

Governors have moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the division of shareable revenue.

As the dispute rages, on, county operations have stalled as thousands of workers have not been paid their July salaries while hospitals are running short of drugs due to lack of supply.

RESOURCES LIMITED

In an address to members of the Nakuru County assembly on Wednesday, President Kenyatta asked the houses to reach an agreement to allow the government to release funds to the devolved units.

He noted, however, that the government's resources are still limited so counties will not get a higher allocation.

“Sometimes we tend to think and operate as if money is raining from heaven. Our resources are limited," Mr Kenyatta said after opening Ugatuzi Plaza that houses the Nakuru assembly chamber.

He went on to say, "Why don’t you approve this bill so that workers in counties are paid their salaries and drugs are to our hospitals? Why are we punishing our people who woke very early in the morning to que and vote for us by spending a great deal of time arguing for more money, which is not there in the first place.”

PAST INCREASE

The President also said, "We are arguing at the expense of suffering innocent citizens. I plead with the two Houses to agree on this bill and pass it so that money is released for service delivery.

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