The Senate has pushed debate on the 3rd basis for revenue allocation among County Governments to Tuesday 15th September 2020.
Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka says this will give the informal Committee that was constituted to develop consensus ample time to finalize on their 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,” He said.
A consultative meeting between the informal Committee and the Senate leadership will now be held on Thursday, 10th September, 2020, while the Senate will then hold a Kamukunji on Monday, 14th September to appraise the entire membership on progress made and the outcome of the consultative engagement.
This even as National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi urged the Leader of Majority and the Leader of Minority to engage their Counterparts in the Senate to fast track consideration and passage by the Senate of the Public Finance Management (amendment) bill 2019, National Assembly bill number 63 of 2019, with appropriate amendments to entrench in Law the procedure for withdrawal from the Consolidated fund in the event of delays in the passage of the County Allocation of Revenue Act.
Muturi made the communication in response to a letter from the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary seeking approval of the House for the release of 50% of the equitable share of the National Revenue allocated to County Governments in the Division of Revenue Act 2020.
The approval the speaker noted requires legislative grounding in the constitution or an Act of Parliament.
This the Speaker said will ensure Counties continue to function whether or not there is a stalemate or delay of the two annual revenue bills now and in the future.
Muturi however pointed out that in case Senate delays in passing the Public Finance Management (amendment) bill with the necessary amendments, the National Assembly through the Budget and appropriation Committee shall urgently cause the publication and introduction of a bill proposing amendments to the Public Finance Management Act 2012, to cater for interim disbursements to County Governments pending the enactment of the County Allocation of Revenue bill.
He said he remains confident that the Senate will dispense with the bill as soon as possible saying the National Assembly House Business Committee will prioritize the Senate’s amendments over any other business.