County cash to dominate parliament's re-opening
22 April 2014, 10:17
Nairobi - Debate on whether county governments deserve an increased amount of funding in the next financial year will dominate parliament's re-opening from Easter break.
Parliament will debate the KES 226 billion on offer for the county governments which will be set aside for the next financial year.
This will follow the presentation of the division of revenue bill 2014 to the floor of the house for its second reading by majority leader Aden Duale.
The KES 226 billion is the proposed amount but MPs have the chance to either increase it or reduce it, even though indications are that it will be raised.
Governors have lobbied insistently for the amount to be increased with governors council boss Isaac Ruto saying it will boost devolution.
" Increasing the funds will only serve to build the country and increase opportunities for Kenyans, he said last week.
Majority of the proposed funds will be shared amongst the 47 counties with some being allocated to rural electrification.
Senate and the national assembly have been fighting over who is liable to handle county affairs with MPs demanding more say over the on-goings.
That meant that the two houses ended up sharing roles, with the national assembly handling the division of revenue bill and the senate in-charge of the county allocation bill.
Both houses though will need to ascent to the division of revenue bill before it gets presidential approval.
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