RESOLVING REVENUE STALEMATE

Uhuru commits to raise next year's counties budget by Sh50 billion

Move comes after meeting Raila, Senate leadership and CoG chair Oparanya.

In Summary

• However, this will depend on the financial performance of the economy.

• The meeting was convened to discuss and resolve County revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate.

President Uhuru Kenyatta when he convened a leaders meeting to discuss the county revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate at State House, Nairobi on September 15, 2020.
President Uhuru Kenyatta when he convened a leaders meeting to discuss the county revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate at State House, Nairobi on September 15, 2020.
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President Kenyatta Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged to allocate an additional Sh50 billion to counties' budget during the Financial Year (2021/22).

However, this will depend on the financial performance of the economy.

The funds, Uhuru said, will go towards efforts to strengthening devolution in the country.

 
 
 
 

He spoke during a meeting attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga and CoG Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya at State House, Nairobi.

 

The meeting was convened to discuss and resolve County revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate.

Senators are to reconvene for a record tenth time on Tuesday to debate and vote on the contentious third basis for sharing county revenue.

The Head of State urged Senators to urgently resolve the revenue sharing stalemate so as to avoid disruption of service delivery in the Counties.

Governors have raised concerns over stalled operations due to lack of funds threatening to send county staff on unpaid leave.

The Senate was represented at the meeting by Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio, Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang'ata, Minority Leader James Orengo and Deputy Majority Leader Fatuma Dullo.

This follows they failed to hold an informal meeting (Kamukunji) On Monday as ordered by Lusaka to strike a balance ahead of Tuesday’s sitting.

Lusaka had ordered for the meeting to brief the senators on the resolution of the House leadership on the proposals fronted by a 12-member informal committee formed to strike a deal on the formula.

 
 

The committee had presented two contradicting reports to the leadership led by Majority leader Samuel Poghisio (West Pokot) and Minority leader James Orengo (Siaya).

The panel recommended to the leaders to consult Uhuru and Raila for further consensus-building.