Senators have accused the Council of Governors of holding Kenyans at ransom after they threatened to withdraw services in Counties citing a cash crunch occasioned by the failure to allocate Counties funds.
The Senators further said the Council of Governors threats to petition for the abolition of the Senate are misinformed saying Senate doesn’t take instruction from anyone regardless of his/her status.
If Governors accede to the memo by Governor Oparanya, they will have violated the Constitution. The Supreme Court issue an unequivocal order on release of funds pending determination of any issue concerning division of Revenue. The chair is clearly incompetent
— Sen Mutula KilonzoJR (@SenMutula) September 16, 2020
And while Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula was critical of the move by the Council of Governors to withdraw services he revealed that they have seen the white smoke on the impasse on the 3rd basis of revenue allocation formula saying by Thursday they will assent to a formula that will benefit all Counties.
Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo said Oparanya has no authority in law to order a withdrawal of services in Counties nor order them to send their employees on leave.
Madzayo said it was unfortunate that Oparanya attended a meeting at State House on Tuesday attended by other stakeholders where it was agreed that Counties will receive a further Ksh 50b starting the next financial year, yet he is now issuing threats.
In his letter, Chairman of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya accused the Senate of failing to unlock the stalemate on the flow of funds saying it remains unclear when the impasse will be resolved.
In view of the stalemate, Oparanya advised County Governments not to allow new impatient admissions in County Health facilities but only provide minimal outpatients services.
He further advised that all non-essential services in Counties be suspended and County employees be advised to proceed on leave for two weeks.
Already Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua says he has effected the directive by the Council of Governors saying it’s a shame Counties are being forced to withdraw services because of the Senate.
Governor Mutua: It is despicable that we have to shut down. It is a shame. I have told the people of Machakos that I have no option but shut down services because I cannot pay my workers #CountiesCashCrunch ^MK pic.twitter.com/JwHQJRArZz
— KBC Channel1 News (@KBCChannel1) September 16, 2020
The Senators have now dared Oparanya to proceed with the threats saying he will be held personally liable of any death in all Counties occasioned by lack of services.
They further advised Counties to use their own resources to run essential services saying the impasse on the sharing formula will be unlocked by Thursday.