Senate Resumes Sittings Today

Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata [Photo: The Star]

September 8th 2020 – The senate resumes its sittings today with no deal yet on the revenue sharing allocation motion, that has seen counties grind to a halt. The senators meet this afternoon to attempt to break a deal in the revenue sharing formula allocation, even after the 12 member committee recommended wisdom from the President Uhuru Kenyatta. Yesterday, Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata, admitted that counties were in near financial cash crunch and that remedial measures needed to be taken by concerned government agencies.

The president has only commented once on the motion as he was seen throwing his weight on the third formula proposed by the CRA . ODM leader Raila Odinga has also urged senators to quickly solve the impasse that has seen the Council of Governors threaten shutting down all services in counties due to lack of funds, by 17th of this month.

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.

Last week, 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 county governments. 

On the other end the national assembly will also  resume from long recess this afternoon. If the Motion on the alteration of the Calendar which is on  Order Paper is adopted, the House will be expected to hold sittings on Tuesdays at 2.30pm, and on Thursday Morning & Afternoon at 10am &2.30 pm respectively.

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