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County funds in jeopardy if MPs fail to agree

By WILFRED AYAGA | June 20th 2014

Kenya: The provision of funds to counties could be in jeopardy if the National Assembly and the Senate fail to reach a consensus on the Division of Revenue Bill.

The National Assembly yesterday appointed three members to lead a House mediation team that would seek to build consensus with the Senate on two amendments to the Bill, which threaten to delay the distribution of the funds.

The Senate wants changes to clause 4 of the Bill to allow the national government to fund Level 5 hospitals, as opposed to the county level of government.

The second amendment would have changed a clause that specifies that the allocation to county governments would be 43 per cent of audited and approved revenue by the National Assembly.

The Senate had proposed that the clause be amended to provide that the threshold supersedes the minimum threshold of 15 percent of revenue collected by the Government as stipulated in Article 203 (2)

Those appointed were Mutava Musyimi (Mbeere South), Mary Emaase (Teso South) and John Mbadi (Gwasi).

The three will attempt to form a consensus with a team that will be appointed by the Senate to iron out issues arising from the controversial amendments.

Section 113 (4) of the Constitution provides that if the two Houses do not agree within 30 days, the Bill will be defeated.

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