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County spending tops senate, parliamentary agenda

17 March 2014, 22:17 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The senate and members of parliament will meet this week to start negotiations on the fallout experienced during debate on the county development bill.

There has been an impasse over resolutions in the bill, with the senate passing it and Mps rejecting it over a number of key issues.

Both parties are keen to wrestle control of the bill which seeks to ensure that there is heightened participation in county spending.

Speakers of both houses were ordered last week to produce a six member mediation team to deal with the pending issues over the bill.

Senators Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Amos Wako (Busia) and MPs Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi), Katoo ole Metito (Kajiado South) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) will form the mediation team.

The main issues were centered on the chairmanship of the county development boards which senators put aside for themselves, the main cause of concern for Mps.

Tongaren MP Eseli, who said he is open to changes said that there was goodwill between the two sides as they seek a strong solution.

" We will work together to ensure we have an agreement. There are strong issues pending for both sides but they will be taken care of, he said.

Sang, who was the brains behind the bill added that there would have to be compromises taken but only in particular circumstances.

" We will come to the table and seek a way forward but it all has to be realistic and open, he said.

Both sides are seeking to reduce the powers governors have in the spending of county cash, with reports of bad spending at county level forcing their hands in coming up with the bill.

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