REVENUE FORMULA

Senate should resolve county funds impasse urgently

There is no devolution without resources; House must rise to the occasion.

In Summary

• Some counties are being forced to take up commercial loans so they can continue operating.

• Suppliers have been left seeking loans to bridge the income gaps and sustain their families.

Senate Revenue formula select committee during a break outside the chambers on August 24, 2020.
Senate Revenue formula select committee during a break outside the chambers on August 24, 2020.
Image: EZEKIEL AMING'A

It is now almost three weeks since the Senate formed a committee to look into the counties revenue sharing formula.

So far, it seems little progress has been made to resolve the impasse that is threatening to kill service delivery in the counties.

Some counties have been forced to take up commercial loans so they can continue operating.

 
 

Meanwhile, thousands of county employees are going without salaries while suppliers have been left seeking loans to bridge the income gaps and sustain their families.

Now that the Senate team has handed its report to the House leadership, senators must move with speed and resolve this matter.

In addition, the Senate must come up with a legal framework to protect counties from such impasses in the future.

Kenyans adopted devolution as a means of ensuring that resources are no longer centralised.

There is, therefore, no devolution without resources. The Senate must rise to the occasion, put aside its political differences and resolve this issue.

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