Uhuru finally settles the Division of Revenue dispute with Governors

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Photo: Governors and Senators protesting on the Division of Revenue Bill 2019/courtesy

President Uhuru Kenyatta has finally buried the hatchet on the current stalement with County bosses over the division of revenue.

Through his Deputy,Dr William Ruto,he has instructed that the  new division of revenue bill be published tomorrow.

Uhuru has stated the government’s readiness to forego some resources to enhance shareable revenue to county governments.

“After another round of consultations with stakeholders as instructed by the President,a new division of revenue bill will be published tomorrow where national government will forego some resources to enhance shareable revenue to county governments,”Ruto stated through his Twitter handle.

The Governors had moved to court accusing the National Treasury of holding the Counties hostage.

They said the National Treasury has  been ignoring the Commission of Revenue Allocation’s recommendations on the sharing of revenue between the national government and the developed units.

The county bosses spoke after presenting the case to Supreme court to seek their intervention in unlocking the current impasse on the Division of Revenue Bill 2019.

CoG chair Wycliffe Oparanya said that the county governments were under-siege from individuals determined to kill devolution.

Photo: CoG chair Wycliffe Oparanya/courtesy

“In this second term, devolved governance is being attacked by denying county government their resources. The National Treasury continues to hold counties hostage by always deviating from the Commission of Revenue Allocations recommendation by constantly denying disbursement of funds to counties,” Oparanya noted.

On Sunday, Deputy President William Ruto said governors should not go to court over the division of funds stalemate.

The National Assembly was pushing for all 47 counties to be given Sh316 billion while senators wanted counties to be given Sh327 billion.

But the President has solved everything that Governors can smile all the way to the bank right now.

 

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