Senate Finance and Budget committee has recommended the approval of the controversial County Wards Development Equalisation Bill, 2018, but with a raft of changes as suggested by various stakeholders during public participation.

In its report, the Senator Mohamed Mahamud-led committee has recommended that the bill, which is the brainchild of Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata, be passed but amended to ensure it meets its principle objectives and that it is also in line with the Constitution.

This followed mixed submissions from Treasury, Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), the Controller of Budget, Council of Governors, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (Icpak), International Budget Partnership (IBP) and county assemblies.

The proposed law, which has already sparked a row between the national government, governors, senators and ward representatives, seeks to promote equitable and decentralised development across the country, through a uniform development kitty for each ward to run specific projects that fall under devolved functions.

The committee has proposed amendments to provide a framework for establishment of the kitty that will ensure equity as opposed to creating a uniform framework for all the 47 counties as proposed by the senator who wanted all the wards to get an equal share.

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