Senators claim Uhuru signed wrong revenue bill

Senators are protesting a decision by the National Assembly to backdate the division of revenue bill 2019 to the 1st of July 2019. 

The Senators who are holding their sittings in Kitui County, lashed out at the National Assembly over the move terming it unconstitutional and ill advised.

Led by minority leader in the Senate James Orengo, the Senators said the version of the bill forwarded to the President for assent was not the bill adopted by the Senate.

The Senators argued that the move by the National assembly was an attempt to legitimize the Appropriation Bill 2019, which is the subject of a petition filed in the Supreme Court by the Senate.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka was also put to task to explain if he appended his signature to the now controversial bill before it was forwarded for assent.

This comes as President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the law after months of push and pull between the bicameral house.

Lion’s share

Meanwhile, Nairobi County has once again been allocated the lion’s share of the Ksh316 billion of shareable revenue.

Ksh15.7 billion will be disbursed to Nairobi County, with Turkana, Kakamega, Kilifi and Mandera counties expected to receive 10 billion shillings each.

Counties such as Lamu, Tharaka Nithi, Elgeyo Marakwet and Isiolo will receive a meagre 3 billion shillings in the bill expected to sail through the Senate this week.

It has been three months since counties received their allocations, a situation that has resulted in a serious cash crunch in the devolved units.

  

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