Muturi assures on options to resolve cash sharing deadlock
SEE ALSO :MPs plot how they will keep their jobsThey implored on the legislature to unlock the impasse on the proposed shareable revenue law. The governors, just like Muturi backed Attorney General Kihara Kariuki advisory opinion to Parliament, called for the passage of the PFM (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which seeks to introduce a section 191 A in the PFM Act empowering the Senate to divide among the county governments 15 per cent off all revenue collected nationally. The AG said the Bill is of itself a recognition of the fact that there currently exists no legal mechanism for disbursing monies to the counties in the absence of the Dora. “We consider that this, and or such other legislative proposals, shall receive due and urgent consideration by Parliament towards the establishment of a legal framework that averts future stalemates such as the present impasse,” he argued. Governors yesterday said the AG’s advisory is paramount as it renders the option of disbursing half of the proposed county allocation unconstitutional.
SEE ALSO :IEBC to set date for Kibra mini poll“We therefore urge Parliament to resolve this matter urgently and allow restoration of normalcy and service delivery to Kenyans across the country,” said Council of Governors (CoG) chair Wycliffe Oparanya. On the governors’ earlier stand on Sh335 billion proposed by the Senate, he said: “It’s up to them to decide the amount. We are in no position to control what the National Assembly and Senate does but sometimes you know there are some members who’ve taken a hardline stance.” Muturi made reference to Article 222 on expenditure before the budget is passed, saying that mechanism should also be made available to county governments to access funds. “Half the budgets should be there so that some disagreements of sorts when they arise, counties can be allowed to draw half of what is projected,” he said. The CoG consultative meeting of all the committee chairs stressed that delays in passing the Bill will cripple county operations.
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