The Senate

The Senate has identified the fall out between Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja as some of the conflicts it plans to resolve in the coming days.

Through the Devolution Committee, it identified Kiambu, Kericho, Kisii, Migori and Busia as some of the counties facing disputes between the Executive and County Assemblies.

This came as the committee expressed its concern over the pending bills which were affecting investor confidence.

In the last couple of weeks, MCAs in the listed countries have fallen out with the executive adversely affecting service delivery.

According to the committee chairman Mohammed Abass, the escalating disputes were affecting the spirit of devolution.

He said that the committee would visit all the affected counties so as to understand the problem and the way forward.

“We are concerned by the rising conflicts between national leaders and even between the executive and the assembly and we are keen to resolve them,” he said.

Abass said that they had managed to visit Meru and Tharaka Nithi counties where the differences of leadership and boundaries respectively had been resolved.

The Wajir Senator at the same time expressed the committee's concern over the pending bills noting that this could cripple service delivery.

He pointed to Nairobi and Wajir where the pending bills stood at Ksh 100B and Ksh 5B respectively, terming the figures as too high and questionable.

He wondered how the figures rose to the current levels yet the counties had budgeted for them but contractors had not been paid for years.

“Some of the pending bills have dragged for over five years and we are wondering where the funds that had been budgeted for went,” he said.

On her part, the committee vice chairperson Catherine Muma, welcomed the planned meeting by the DP with the Meru elected leaders.

“In the Meru conflict, both teams are ready to work together and this committee is keen to resolve the other disputes in the other counties,” she said.

The nominated Senator added that the pending bills were eroding investor confidence noting that hundreds of traders had lost their hard earned cash.

Addressing the press, Mumo further added that the committee would be auditing the newly elevated towns into Cities.

“We shall be holding meetings in the four cities to establish if they have met the set threshold and any emerging challenges,” she said.


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