The Council of Governors (COG), has warned of a complete shutdown of counties if the senate does not approve the Revenue Sharing Formula and disburse funds by the 17th of this month.
In a press briefing, on the status of counties in combating the Covid-19 pandemic, the Council’s chairperson, Wycliffe Oparanya, said that the senate is failing in its mandate in approving the allocation of funds, leading to serious implications in the general operations in the devolved units.
“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 an amicable solution on the issue is reached,” said Opranya.
The Council of Governors, have insisted that governors will only appear before the County Public Accounts Committee of the Senate, virtually until the Covid-19 pandemic comes to an end.
The governors specifically took issue with the senate committee, for what they referred to as extortion of Muranga governor Mwangi Wairia, for failing to appear in person. They also called on the DCI and EACC, to investigate the Senate committee, which is led by Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri, for demanding 500,000 shillings from Wairia and further asking for his arrest.
In a statement issued by the Council, the governors said “We further draw attention, to the Supreme Court Advisory reference No.3 of 2019, in which it was stated that, without a budget and consequent financial appropriation, there would be no Executive, Legislature, Judiciary or County Government.”
The county public accounts committee is currently scrutinizing county expenditure that date back to 2015-2016 financial year.