Senate adjourns debate on sh.316 billion revenue sharing formula

Senate speaker Ken Lusaka. PHOTO; courtesy

The senate agreed to adjourn the debate focusing on controversial revenue sharing formula.

The adjournment marks the seventh sitting of the stalemate which is supposed to see viable formula to use in disbursing sh.316 billion to counties .

“If we have to postpone, next time there must be an orderly way Mr speaker, of arriving at these things,”Majority leader Samuel Poghisio said.

Elgeyo Marawet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen sought  for  the adjournment to permit senators to consult further over the matter.

The motion passed after it garnered support of 34 Senators while 26 voted against it, one Senator was absent.

The Finance Committee chaired by Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru has been desperately yearning for passage of the motion to avert instances of plunging counties into financial quagmire.

Earlier, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani led a meeting which encompassed Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, the majority leadership and Council of Governors to find ways of fast-tracking monies to counties.

Treasury agreed to release upto sh.29 billion that was not disbursed in the last financial year to enable counties deal with urgent expenses such as salaries, and Corona virus  pandemic.

There was no amicable resolution on the release of 50% of  share to the counties  in the 2020/2021 budget based on last financial year’s allocation as proposed by Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) if the whole push was to hit a snag.