Parliament may hold special sitting over county cash impasse

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National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale remains optimistic that the stalemate on division of revenue bill 2019 will be resolved in the coming week.

Speaking in Garissa, Duale said the mediation committee has requested the budget and appropriation committee to fast track the public finance management amendment bill of 2019 to allow the counties access 50% of their resources.

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The proposed amendment seeks to cushion counties from a cash crunch when the two houses disagree on revenue allocation.

According to Duale, the house might convene a special sitting to approve the bill so that the advisory opinion raised by the Attorney General is addressed.

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Parliament’s leadership is also reaching out to the Council of the Governors in a bid to seek consensus.

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Governors have petitioned the Supreme Court to arbitrate. Operations at the devolved units are on a standstill following the impasse between the senate and the national assembly on the bill.

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Meanwhile, a section of MPs have raised concerns over the recent appointment of Mercy Wanjau as communications authority acting director general.

Led by Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, the lawmakers are questioning why the communications authority board of directors defied a court order restricting the authority from naming a new director.

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