Senators to meet Governors, Treasury over delay of county funds

The Senate is set to hold a meeting with governors and national treasury next week to end the stalemate over delay in disbursement of county government funds which has affected operations.

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka said they will have the meeting in Kakamega county during the annual devolution conference set to begin April 23 to April 27.

Speaking in Malindi during the beginning of a two day induction workshop for the Standing Committee on Justice legal affairs and human rights, he said the meeting will bring on board all parties involved to get to know what has led to the delays in disbursements of funds.

Lusaka said it was the mandate of the senate to protect devolution as stipulated in the constitution.

Since January there has been an outcry from many counties on shortage of funds with some not able to pay their employees and contractors for months.

“We shall be having a meeting  during the devolution conference  , there will be the treasury , and everybody to speak candidly on the issue so as to know where the problem is and come up with solution,’’ he said.

The former Governor said the meeting will also bring an end to the blame games as everyone will be there to state their concerns.

The Senate Speaker also told off those propagating for the scrapping off of the Senators in the constitution of the country terming it as a ‘dream’ that will not come true as it was meant to derail devolution.

Lusaka said the senate was there to stay as it plays a critical role in protecting devolution.

He said it’s impossible to scrap the senate as if done there would be no devolution.

“The constitution is a legal document, the previous senate dealt with issues that were supposed to be dealt with,’’ he said.

He said they will do what they could to strengthen the Senate so as to ensure smooth running.

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana who was also present during the induction said it was true there have been delays in disbursement of funds to counties.

However he said the August 8 elections was a major cause of the delay in funds disbursement as the country was not collecting revenue.

“Paying contractors has been a problem but we believe after the hand shake (President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA Leader Raila Odinga) there will be recovery,’’ he said.

Kibwana said there was need to strengthen the senate adding that those talks on scrapping of the senate were not proper.

For the past five years he said there has been rivalry between governors and senators but currently there were cordial relations.

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei the Chairman of the Standing committee on Justice legal affairs and human rights said the Senate was always under attack by people who want to derail devolution.









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