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Senate recalled to deal with delay in County funds

31 August 2014, 10:10

Nairobi - Senate will meet Tuesday to sort out the formalities of a bill that has delayed the release of funds at County level.

They will meet Tuesday after being recalled from recess by Speaker Ekwee Ethuro to debate amendments to the County Allocation of Revenue Bill which has ensured that funds to Counties are yet to be released.

This follows a crisis occasioned by Counties that have complained of lack of funds in recent times, leading to non payment and an eventual strike by health workers at County level. The bill provides a framework for how Counties will share KES 226 Billion that has been set aside for devolution by the central government.

Just last week, the government was forced to hand Counties a KES 29 Billion loan to ensure they continue with normal operations whilst the modalities are being worked on. The Senators are on leave until September 23.

The huge delay in debate of the bill was occasioned by the fact that MPs and Senators wanted to form separate committees to debate the bill after they disagreed on several aspects of it.

But with Governors Council boss Isaac Ruto claiming that there was no funds to pay staff, the Senate has been forced into action.

" We have no money to pay staff for August salaries, he said last week, while urging senate to quickly finish debate on the bill.

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