Interested parties in COG petition ordered to file submissions by Monday

The Supreme Court has ordered interested parties in the petition filed by the council of governors to file submissions by Monday the 22nd July.

The Council of Governors on Monday moved to the Supreme Court to seek judicial intervention and interpretation of the law into the ongoing division of revenue bill row signalling the supremacy battle between the National Assembly and the Senate.

The governors want the Supreme Court to give a determination on the consequence of failure by the National Assembly and Senate to agree on such a momentous bill.

The County chiefs led by CoG vice-Chair Mwangi wa Iria, with the support of senators and MCA’s on Monday filed a case under a certificate of urgency to seek intervention by the supreme court on the division of revenue bill 2019.

The governors in their petition had argued that  National Treasury was holding counties hostage through the allocation of funds, leaving the devolved units in a financial crisis.

They sought the court to give a determination on the consequence of a failure by the National Assembly and Senate to agree on a momentous bill like the division of revenue bill and its resultant impact.

They also seek a determination on whether the National Assembly can lawfully consider and pass the Appropriation Act which was assented by the president last month without finalizing the Division of Revenue Bill.

Justice David Maraga has now given parties interested in the case until Monday next week to file their submissions for considerations.

Elsewhere, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa is appealing to the council of governors to embrace dialogue in the revenue allocation bill impasse.

Wamalwa said the standoff is unprecedented and all parties should sober up for the sake of the Kenyan people who are supposed to be receiving services in the counties.

Wamalwa who was in Kisii said all parties should embrace the culture of dialogue for sake of reaching a compromise.

He said devolution should be strengthened for the government to meet the big four agenda and the President Uhuru Kenyatta wholeheartedly supports the units.

Wamalwa called on Kenyans to use the opportunity and contribute to an impending constitutional review process to strengthen devolution for the benefit of the country.

Kisii Governor James Ongwae who was the host expressed disappointment saying the standoff was affecting service delivery in counties.

Ongwae said the government should release Ksh 330 billion to counties which represents 10 per cent of the three trillion shillings budget.

The governors have petitioned the Supreme Court to arbitrate on the standoff accusing Treasury of holding counties hostage.

  

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