Narok Senator Ledama Olekina [Photo: The Standard]
September 15th 2020 – The Senate resumes its sittings today in another attempt to pass the motion on revenue allocation to counties. Speaker Ken Lusaka last week adjourned the debate on the motion to allow for more consultation but little has been done to seek consensus.
An attempt to take a vote on the motion may prove divisive, with senators campaigning for amendments on the third formula and those supporting the original draft, still holding their ground.
The motion is key in allowing counties getting their funding for development and recurrent expenditure.
The senators have now said the Speaker’s leadership inclusive of Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio and the Minority leader James Orengo, claiming that they have been given instructions by the Executive.
Minority Whip Mutula Kilonozo Jnr of Makueni and Ledama Olekina of Narok, have also criticized the speaker for not taking charge of the process as he should, with Olekina citing external forces disrupting the senate’s decision making.
“This is a travesty of the rule of law. We are elected leaders but being controlled remotely from elsewhere. We mean good for this country but external forces cannot allow senators to make independent decisions as stipulated in law,” said Olekina.
Olekina said the Senate’s leadership is trying to overcome the role of the House to be on the Executive’s good books.
“The National Treasury and the National Assembly have connived with the Senate leadership and are proposing amendments to the Public Finance Management (PFM) Act, through Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata, to allow counties to receive 50 percent of the Sh 316.5 billion,” he said.
Amid all the chaos in the Senate, Speaker Lusaka said the leadership was still working on new amendments, including one by Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang, that seeks to ensure no county loses
On the other hand, the Council of Governors (COG) has threatened to close down the county services if they don’t receive the funding by Thursday this week.