President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday 15 September 2020 promised County Governors Ksh. 50 billion in the next financial year (2021/2022) to resolve County revenue sharing stalemate in an effort to strengthen devolution.
In a meeting that was attended by Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga and Council of Governors Chairman Kakamega County boss Wycliffe Oparanya, the Head of State stated that the promise will depend on the economic performance.
“The meeting, which was attended by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Chairman of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, resolved that depending on the financial performance of the economy, the Government will, in the next Financial Year (2021/22), endeavor to allocate an additional Kshs 50 billion to Counties as part of efforts to strengthen devolution,” read part of State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena’s statement.
The President also called on the Senators to quickly resolve the revenue sharing formula stalemate so as to ensure there is adequate service delivery in every County.
The Senate was represented at the meeting by Hon Samuel Poghisio (Majority Leader), Hon Irungu Kang’ata (Majority Chief Whip), James Orengo (Minority Leader), and Hon Fatuma Dullo (Deputy Majority Leader).
Also present were Senators Hon Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated) and Hon Johnes Mwashushe Mwaruma (Taita Taveta).
On Thursday 3 September, the Council of Governors threatened to shut down operations in all Counties in two weeks if the Senators could not come to a common ground over the Revenue Sharing Formula.
The COG stated that they had not received their equitable share of revenue three months into the current 2020/2021 financial year.
They explained that the situation had cost Counties serious effects in operating as County staff had to do without their salaries.
The COG went on to threaten that due to the effects of the stalemate, the governors were ready to sponsor a petition to dissolve the Senate over the stalemate.
The Senate was to resume the debate on Monday 7 for the 10th times but was later pushed to Tuesday 15 after a month-long recess.