Use dialogue, not threats to resolve counties revenue allocation dispute
SEE ALSO :Lake region economic bloc CEO resignsThe Senate’s figures are a compromise from Sh335 billion the Commission of Revenue Allocation had suggested. Just this week, the Senate passed its version of the revenue Bill, allocating Sh335 billion as the equitable share to counties. The standoff saw the two Houses clash, with National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale blaming CRA for giving recommendations from non-realisable revenues and promising counties unrealistic figures. Several questions arise: Could the national government be fighting hard to ‘take back’ already devolved functions? And why would the 47 counties ask for more money when most of them have nothing to show for their previous hefty allocations? Why would more money be allocated when nearly half is lost to official corruption? The incessant blame game is unhelpful. When the national government and counties work at cross-purpose as has been the case since 2013, it’s the taxpayers who suffer. We urge the President, governors and the leadership of the Senate and National Assembly to sort out these differences cordially and with the urgency it deserves. Granted, the law has structures that allow these arms to co-exist. Political bickering, duplicity of roles, funding delays and poor intergovernmental relations are grave threats which if not checked, could sink the devolution ship.
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