County revenue sharing blame game: What is cooking?
SEE ALSO :MPs accuse Ouko of hiring his tribesmenThe storm swirls around the deadlock surrounding the Division of County Revenue Bill 2019, over which governors have differed with National Assembly about the county budgetary allocation. Parliament wants the 47 counties to share Sh316 billion, an increment from Sh310 billion. Senators, on the other hand, want Sh327 billion sent to counties after accepting a decrease from earlier recommended Sh335.7 billion. The differences became more pronounced when the mediation efforts between the Senate and National Assembly failed. "Devolved governance is being attacked by denying county governments their resources. The National Treasury continues to hold counties hostage by always deviating from the Commission on Revenue Allocation recommendation by constantly denying disbursement of funds to counties," says Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya who is the chair of Council of Governors (CoG). On Monday, the governors marched in solidarity to the Supreme Court to file a petition in which they seek to have five key issues clarified.
SEE ALSO :MCAs want audit on revenue statusThe governors want the court to determine and clarify the role of Senators with regards to protecting the interest of the counties, the lawfulness of the government digital finance management system IFMIS and the formula in which grants are shared. In the petition, the governors also want the court to determine the vote heads held by Central Government in the wake of devolution. They also accuse members of the National Assembly of deviating from the recommendations of the Commission on Revenue Allocation in the determination of revenues to be shared by the counties. The governors also want the Supreme Court to clarify the legislative obligation of the Senate, especially on devolution matters and have accused the National Assembly of sidestepping its mandate and failing to forward county-related bills to the Senate for debate and approval. The county bosses also want the court to make a ruling on the late disbursement of money to them by the Treasury, which they say starves counties financially.
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