Governors threaten to shut down over Revenue Allocation Bill impasse

Governors Threaten to Shut Down Counties in Two Weeks Over Revenue Impasse

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The Council of Governors have said that they will shut counties down in two weeks and send all staff on unpaid leave if senators fail to find a solution on the sharing of revenue formula.

CoG Chairman who is also the Kakamega County Governor said that counties no longer have money for operations and that thousands of employees are at risk of working without pay if the senate stalemate persists.

The chairman said that most the counties are finding it hard to pay their staff, especially healthcare personnel at the frontline fighting coronavirus pandemic.

“Counties will have no choice, but to shut down. Therefore, all county government services will not be available in the counties. Consequently, we shall release all county employees to proceed on leave until amicable solution to the issue is reached,” said Wycliffe Oparanya, Chairperson of CoG.

In a statement to media houses, the governors further said that unless a solution is found soonest possible, the CoG will petition for the dissolution of the senate.

“It is unfortunate that county governments are unable to even pay the salaries and allowances of our health workers who remain in the frontline to save lives of Kenyans,” the statement read in part.

“To this end, we hereby forewarn the Senate that a petition for its dissolution can be initiated by any member of the public through the High Court as provided for under Article 258 of the Constitution.”

The senate failed to pass the contentious county revenue sharing bill even after sitting for 9 sessions, forcing the senators to compromise on a 12 member adhoc committee to try find a solution to the impasse.

To date, the committee co-chaired by Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula are yet to find a middle ground.

Reports indicate that the committee will present two different reports to the senate speaker Ken Lusaka after failing to reach an agreement.

Senators led by Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Cleophas Malala (Kakamega) fiercely opposed the third generation formula proposed by the Commission on Revenue Allocation.

Those opposed to the formula argue that it marginalizes the already poor counties such as Mandera and Wajir and adds more money to developed and populous counties such as Nairobi and Kiambu.

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