In Summary
  • They had been pushing for counties to get Sh335.7 billion, in line with the recommendations of the Commission on Revenue Allocation.
  • Senators had no option but to give in after realising that they were being blamed for the cash crunch in counties.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s firm stand that no additional money would be allocated to counties above the Sh316.5 billion available and the Council of Governors (CoG) decision to relax its position on the matter has forced senators to beat a hasty retreat on their agitation for greater allocations.

This has unlocked the stalemate over the republished 2019 Division of Revenue Bill, which allocates funds equitably between the national and county governments.

At a media briefing on Thursday, senators, after a hurriedly convened kamukunji (informal sitting) chaired by Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, announced that they had dropped their hardline stance.

They had been pushing for counties to get Sh335.7 billion, in line with the recommendations of the Commission on Revenue Allocation.

CASH CRUNCH

Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet) and his minority counterpart James Orengo (Siaya) announced the Senate’s resolution.

“It is not enough, but it is progress and the Senate will live to fight another day,” Mr Murkomen said. “We take solace in the fact that to win the war, one must be prepared to yield some battles.”

He added: “The Senate will not allow the entire system of devolved governments that is the basic pillar of our Constitution to be brought down by schemes.”

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