Senate to discuss government’s decisions to slash counties billions

Senate speaker Ken Lusaka. PHOTO; courtesy

Nairobi, KENYA: Senate speaker Ken Lusaka has said that the house is set to discuss national government decision to slash Sh 9 billion from county governments.

Lusaka said that minimizing funds meant for county governments as austerity measures  will adversely affect delivery of services and frustrate the realization of devolution agenda.

He said that Senate ought to have been involved before taking such a weighty action which has devastating consequences for county governments.

“That is one of the things we will be discussing in one of our Kamukunji because we feel that the money that was slashed, affects counties. The matter should also have  been discussed by Senate so that we could also have our input on how much should really be taken.”Lusaka said

He pointed that senators will be having a public hearing on various issues including agriculture which touches especially on western and North Rift regions.

The Senate on Monday held first-ever sitting outside Nairobi in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

According to Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, the decision to have Senators sit outside Nairobi was made in line with Article 126 (1) of the Constitution which allows the Senate or National Assembly to convene outside Nairobi.

The sittings will last for one week before the senators are back to Nairobi.