County governments plunged into financial uncertainties after Revenue Bill flops
SEE ALSO :Race to replace UK's May gets underwayFrustrated by what they felt was a move by the National Assembly to emasculate the counties, the four Senate representatives walked out of the meeting in protest, paralysing the talks. Opinion remained divided on what next for the county governments, with the Senate representatives warning that the impasse would ground operations in the devolved units, which would be forced to borrow from the National Treasury to fund operations. Dismissed fears But National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale dismissed fears that the breakdown of the talks would have dire consequences for the counties. “The collapse of talks is normal. It is contemplated in the Constitution that any bill can flop at this stage. It is a fallacy for senators to say that counties will shut down or be grossly affected,” said Mr Duale.
SEE ALSO :MPs now slash SRC budgetThe Garissa Township MP said counties would have the option to seek overdrafts from the Treasury to meet their basic requirement. “For basic services, counties can go for overdrafts. That is an administrative arrangement they can have with the Treasury so that they meet their obligations. “In the meantime, next week I will request the Speaker to invoke Standing Order One and waive the six-month requirement before a similar bill is introduced in the House so that we can re-draft the Division of Revenue Bill and start the process all over again,” said Duale. The MP also said the Supreme Court was to blame for the deadlock after it issued an advisory opinion that the bill required concurrence from the Senate to become law. “Vertical sharing of revenue is a preserve of the National Assembly. Sadly, the Supreme Court erred while giving their advisory opinion of 2014 and that is why we are in this mess."
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