Kenya’s Senate Adjourns for 7th Time, County Revenue Allocation Bill Deadlocked

Kenya Senator-Senator Kipchumba Murkomen-Kenyan Senate

On Tuesday afternoon the Kenyan Senate has failed to agree on the 3rd basis of county revenue allocation sharing formula and voted to adjourn for the 7th time on the matter.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen tabled an adjournment motion persuant to standing order number 105 seeking more time for members to dialogue.

“Lets adjourn this motion for us to have a conversation on how to have a way forward on how to unite all of us. Let’s give dialogue one more chance…” Sen. Murkomen proposing adjournment of debate on formula.

The motion was seconded by Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki. 36 Senators voted for the motion while 24 voted against the motion one Senator abstained.

The senate is divided and has not been able to agree on which formula should be used to share the Ksh 316.5 billion allocated to counties.

On the eve of Tuesday’s sitting, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani convened a virtual meeting that was attended by Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, the majority leadership and Council of Governors to find ways of easing the county governments’ financial strain.

Treasury agreed to release upto Ksh.29 billion that was not disbursed in the last financial year to enable counties deal with urgent expenses such as June salaries, operational costs and purchase of medical consumables as the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic.
All eyes are now on the Senate ahead of their meeting next week Tuesday.

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