The Speakers of Parliament have appointed a mediation committee to deliberate on the contentious County Governments Grants Bill, Senate Bill No. 35 of 2021.
This after the Senate in its sitting on 21st December 2021 rejected the National Assembly’s amendments to the bill.
Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi said, “The National Assembly made amendments to the Title of the Bill, Clause 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, First and Second Schedules. The amendments were thereafter forwarded to the Senate for consideration. The Senate having rejected the National Assembly’s Amendments, now effectively commits the Bill to a Mediation Committee.”
The Constitution requires the Speakers of both Houses of Parliament to appoint a Mediation Committee comprising of equal number of Members of each House to attempt to develop an agreed version of the Bill for consideration by the Houses of Parliament.
The Mediation Committee shall comprise of Senator Charles Kibiru, Senator Moses Wetangula, EGH, Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior, Senator Rose Nyamunga, Senator Farhiya Ali, Kanini Kega MP, Dr Kanyuithia Mutunga MP, Naisula Lesuuda MP, Millie Odhiambo MP and Dr Makali Mula MP.
The County Government Grants Bill largely seeks to provide for the allocation of conditional grants to County governments for the financial year 2021/2022, and to provide for the responsibilities of County governments pursuant to such allocations amongst other purposes.
Cheboi called upon the Members of the Committee to embark on the process of developing a mediated version of the said Bill within 30 days sayin, “the counting of the thirty days period within which the Committee should conclude its task, will commence upon the first meeting of the Committee.”
He further advised the committee to confines itself to the aforementioned contentious clauses of the Bill as well as any other consequential clauses as it seeks to develop an agreed version of the Bill.