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Senate, House row erupts over Uwezo Fund

22 November 2013, 09:11

Nairobi - The decision by the National Assembly to amend the Uwezo Fund has set the assembly at odds with the Senate House.

On Wednesday, the National Assembly approved a House Committee’s amendments to the fund regulations which will see the KES 6 billion turned into a revolving fund.

The two tiers of government are now at loggerheads with the senators accusing the National Assembly for ignoring the Senate during the passing of such crucial bills.

Some senators demanded that the National Assembly respected the Senate House and conducted its activities with the guidance of the High Court.

“We have seen consistent attempts to reduce the Senate into mere political flower girls and time has come for us to be united and stand firm,” said Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi.

On the other hand, the legislators led by Speaker Justin Muturi, the leader of majority Aden Duale , Joseph Nkaissery and Benjamin Langat have castigated the Senate claiming that it was not necessary for the National Assembly to always consult the Senate House in the course of dispensing their constitutional mandate.

“I think if anyone had cobwebs in their mind, this matter should be put to rest,” Muturi said.

The Speaker said that the Senators and Legislature ought to have a joint meeting to deliberate on the procedure they need to follow when passing bills among other issues.

Duale demanded for disbandment of the Senate House claiming it has been unable to carry out its duties.

“Kenyans will judge. I am sure they watch television. They will judge what every house has done,” he added.

The Uwezo Fund aims to empower women and youth with affordable enterprise loans.

– CAJ News


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