In a bid to find a solution to the protracted County revenue sharing bill impasse, President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised senators a 50 billion shillings incentive in the 2021/2022 financial year.
The President said that the financial support will be given to the counties based on their economic performance as the head of state assured senators that he will keep his promise of strengthening devolution as envisaged in the constitution.
The President spoke on Tuesday after he chaired a leaders’ meeting at the State House in Nairobi, to discuss the county revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate.
During the meeting, Uhuru pleaded with the senate leadership to quickly resolve the row to avoid disruption of service delivery in counties.
The Tuesday morning meeting was also attended by Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega).
The Senate was represented by Samuel Poghisio (Majority Leader), Irungu Kang’ata (Majority Chief Whip), James Orengo (Minority Leader) and Fatuma Dullo (Deputy Majority Leader).
The state house meeting was part of the president’s efforts to end the protracted stalemate that has seen the House fail to adopt the formula for a record 9 times.
The senators will be back to the chambers Tuesday afternoon to continue with the debate that was suspended last week in a bid to seek consensus after a 12 member committee formed to break the deadlock handed two different reports for adoption.
A 12-member informal committee was formed to try to bridge the gap between the two divides that have emerged in the House over the issue.
However, the committee failed in its mission and instead gave two conflicting recommendations, each favouring either of the antagonistic camps.
Last week, the Council of Governors announced it will shut down counties if the Senate does not quickly end the stalemate, which has seen most counties fall back in their budgetary plans and delay payment of salaries.