President Uhuru Kenyatta has met the Senate Leadership ahead of debate on the 3rd basis revenue allocation formula this afternoon.
The meeting, which was attended by Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Chairman of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, resolved that depending on the financial performance of the economy, the Government will, in the next Financial Year (2021/22), endeavor to allocate an additional Kshs 50 billion to Counties as part of efforts to strengthen devolution.
With this undertaking, the President urged Senators to urgently resolve the revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate so as to avoid disruption of service delivery in the Counties.
The Senate was represented at the meeting by Hon Samuel Poghisio (Majority Leader), Hon Irungu Kang’ata (Majority Chief Whip), James Orengo (Minority Leader) and Hon Fatuma Dullo (Deputy Majority Leader)
Also present were Senators Hon Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated) and Hon Johnes Mwashushe Mwaruma (Taita Taveta).
The Senate pushed the debate from last week to Tuesday 15th September 2020 to allow the informal Committee that was constituted to develop consensus ample time to finalize on its deliberations.
“The informal Committee has been updating the Senate leadership on a regular basis including the Senate Business Committee. The Committee was informed that consultations were ongoing and that the prospects of achieving a win-win position are very promising,” Lusaka said at the time.
The informal Committee held a consultative meeting with the Senate leadership last week Thursday, while the Senate held a Kamukunji on Monday, 14th September to appraise the entire membership on progress made and the outcome of the consultative engagement.
The Senate reconvenes this afternoon to try and agree on a favorable revenue sharing formula after 10 failed attempts.
Counties have accused the House of sabotage saying the failure to agree on a formula has occasioned a cash crisis in the Counties.