Governors Given Ksh6B More After Demonstration

  • Governor camp outside the Supreme Court during their demonstration File
  • On Tuesday, Governors were awarded Ksh6 billion more after their Monday demonstrations where they stormed into the supreme court to submit a petition seeking to compel parliament, to pass the Division of Revenue Allocation Bill 2019, which stipulates how money should be disbursed to counties.

    The Governors were led by Council of Governors Chairman, Wycliffe Oparanya, and Vice-chair, Mwangi wa Iria.

    The court stated the case will be mentioned on July 19.

    Council of Governors Chairman, Wycliffe Oparanya

    According to Nation, a new version of the Division of Revenue Bill, 2019, was published and is set to be introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday next week when sittings resume after a short recess.

    The bill has Ksh316 billion as the equitable share for the 47 county governments, although, the figure is likely to be contested by the Senate.

    The older version of the bill, which had Ksh 310 billion for counties, flopped at the mediation level of the National Assembly and Senate after the two Houses failed to agree on what the counties should get. 

    On Tuesday, National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale said the Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA) is largely to blame for the impasse on the bill that has threatened the operations at the counties. 

    “The commission has been making recommendations based on non-realisable revenues and has been wearing hats of the National Assembly and Senate by promising counties unrealistic figures and actually sitting on the division table and negotiating on the divisions.

    “What's worse is that the commission appears to be continually inciting county governments against the national government as if counties are foreign to the State,” the Garissa Town MP lamented. 

    The figure was revised upwards a day after governors moved to the Supreme Court to file a petition, 

    National Assembly Majority Leader, Aden Duale