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Jubilee Senator supports referendum calls

16 June 2015, 11:51 William Korir

Nairobi - With Senators facing a cash crunch after MPs voted to reduce funds for oversight, a referendum to change that fact will be vital, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen believes.

Senators as well as other oversight bodies have been hit by MPs, who slashed their allocation for oversight by KES 1 billion.

The move has opened up room for tension between the Senate and Members of Parliament, with Senators now stating that they will take action on MPs.

In a special session Monday, Senators resolved to form a nine-member select committee to come up with the proposed amendments.

The session was called to discuss ways of having reallocation of the KES 1 billion from their oversight kitty by the National Assembly.

" The committee will within three months recommend to the Senate constitutional, legal or institutional changes that it may consider appropriate," said Murkomen during the session.

Others that were cut off by MPs include the Judiciary which lost KES 800 million from its capital allocation, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission which had to part with KES 200 million from its recurrent allocation and the Treasury which lost KES 325 million allocated to the IFMIS program.

Murkomen believes that the changes, which MPs took as an act of teaching a lesson to the said bodies will not hinder their oversight role in the interim but regardless, they will hit back.

" Despite the re-allocations effected and the adverse effects they are calculated to have on its operations, the Senate will zealously continue to discharge its mandate to protect the interests of the counties and their governments," he added.

MPs say that they will not be cowed by the Senate especially over the issue of the Constituency Development Fund CDF, which the Senate has said will lobby to have allocated directly to County governments, a move that has not gone down smoothly with MPs.

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