Blow to counties as senators boycott sitting to allow the disbursement of KES300 Billion
07 August 2016, 07:26
Nairobi - The next few months look tough for the 47 county government which have been facing a serious cash crisis.
This is after a special Senate sitting that was supposed to pass motion to enable the disbursement of KES300 Billion to the devolved units was adjourned Friday.
A quorum hitch led to the adjournment of the sitting that was expected to pass a motion for the adoption of the County Government's Cash Disbursement Schedule to enable the counties receive the first tranche of the KES300 billion from the Treasury.
With the absence of the adoption of the schedule, no county can get any funds from the National Government.
Apart from the adoption of the crucial disbursement schedule for the 2016-2017 financial year, Senators who had been recalled from their August recess were supposed to pass 14 other bills.
By noon, only twelve senators were present in the house with nine of them being from the Jubilee coalition. All CORD Senators, apart from Wilfred Machage (Migori), Dan Mwazo( Taita Taveta) and Godliver Omondi(nominated), boycotted the sittings.
This was after Senate Minority leader Moses Wetang'ula asked them not to attend the special sitting in protest, over the short notice issued to members and alleged lack of consultation with the opposition leadership in the house.
Senate Deputy Speaker Kembi Gitura directed that the house until September 13, 2016, since there was no quorum to transact any business in the house.
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