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Nyeri county assembly rejects Finance Bill

19 February 2014, 18:56 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The Nyeri county assembly has rejected the proposed County Finance Bill into totality.

According to the county committee of Finance and Budget, Paul Ngiria the Bill was unconstitutional and had a lot of anomalies.

Ngiria said the county government executive committee, while drafting the Bill misapplied the law.

The move came following a series of public meetings conducted by the 13-member committee across the county seeking public input in regard to the Bill.

During the meetings, the constituents were against most provisions of the Bill leading to protests by businessmen, clergies and other groups.

Ngiria withdrew the Bill from the assembly stating that it did not meet the threshold of being subjected to a Money Bill and that it delved into non-fiscal matters which ought to be addressed.

“The proposed Nyeri county Finance Bill contravenes Section 132, 133 of the Public Finance Management Act. It has regulatory framework which contravened the national legislations,” Ngiria said.

He stated that his committee and the county executive have seven days to look at the rejected document practically and republish it so as to be owned again.

The chairman further faulted the document stating that it did not comply with the statutory of a Finance Bill, thus it can not be accepted in terms of content and format.

Ngiria observed that the whole structure body of the proposed Bill was ambiguous reasoning that it ought to give an express interpretation and also effective dates of commencement.

“The Bill would have taken into account principles of equity, certainty and incises of correction. It should also adopt standard procedures of drafting it,” stated Ngiria.

However, the committee recommended the Bill to be referred back to the executive and adhere to all constitutional provisions within seven days.

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