Uhuru Finds Solution To Revenue Sharing Deadlock, Commits Sh50 Billion To Counties

KEY POINTS

  • The President noted that the fulfillment of the pledge will depend on the financial performance of the economy.
  • The president made the pledged at a meeting attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga and Cog Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya at State House, Nairobi.
  • The county chiefs have raised concern over stalled operations due to lack of funds and have threatened to send staff on unpaid leave.

In a move to resolve the stalemate at Senate regarding the revenue sharing formula debate, President Kenyatta has pledged to allocate Ksh50 billion to the counties in the next financial year.

However, the President noted that the fulfillment of the pledge will depend on the financial performance of the economy.

The President said the funds will go towards efforts to strengthen devolution.

The president made the pledged at a meeting attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga and Cog Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya at State House, Nairobi.

The meeting between the leaders was convened to address and resolve the Country revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate.

Senate is set to reconvene this afternoon for the tenth time to debate and vote on the contentious third basis for sharing revenue among the 47 counties.

President Uhuru urged the Senate to urgently resolve the stalemate to avoid disruption of service delivery in the devolved units.

The county chiefs have raised concern over stalled operations due to lack of funds and have threatened to send staff on unpaid leave.

At the meeting, the Senate was represented by Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio, Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata, Minority Leader James Orengo, Deputy Majority Leader Fatuma Dullo, and Minority Whip Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.

The meeting follows a failed attempt convene a Kamukunji on Monday as ordered by Speaker of the Senate Kenneth Lusaka to strike a balance ahead of Tuesday’s debate.

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The speaker ordered the meeting to brief Senators on the resolution of the House leadership on the proposal brought in by the 12-member committee that was formed to strike a balance on the controversial formula.

The Sakaja and Wetangula-led committee had issued two contradicting reports to the House leadership led by Majority leader Samuel Poghisio and Minority leader James Orengo.

The panel proposed to the leaders to consult President Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga for further build a consensus.

Related: Uhuru Meets Senators Ahead Of Crucial Vote, Leaves Malala Out

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