Muturi defends MPs move to cut Senate funding
08 June 2015, 14:45
Nairobi - Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi says that the move by MPs to cut funding to the Senate by KES 1 billion was done legally and in order.
There has been controversy over the move by MPs to cut funding to the Judiciary, the Salaries and Remuneration Commision as well as the Senate.
The 1 billion cut from the Senate was due to be used for oversight roles in devolved governments.
Senators have acted furiously at the move, which according to them is a move by MPs to pull through with supremacy battles but Muturi says that the decision is within the law.
" It was within their rights and within the law," Muturi said of the move by MPs.
" They are elected leaders given the role of deciding on behalf of Kenya, what is best and they have chosen to do it. They have exercised their right.
" I hear the furore yes but where has anyone broken a law," ? he posed.
The National Assembly had initially approved the allocation of KES 283.7 billion to the counties for the coming financial year, but the
Senate increased this to KES 291.4 billion.
To get the KES 3.3 billion that was eventually agreed upon, MPs reduced allocations to the Senate, the Judiciary and the
Salaries and Remuneration Commission, among other bodies, a move that angered Senators.
" They can reduce the money as much as they want but we will still play our oversight role. That will not change," Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale said over the weekend.
Other Senators have promised unspecified action on MPs over their action, with the latest debate earning the wrath of president Uhuru Kenyatta who called on the politicians to work for and not against Kenyans.
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