Duale: I will move new Division of Revenue Bill next week

Duale: I will move new Division of Revenue Bill next week
Duale hits out at Mudavadi

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has intimated that he will move a new Division of Revenue Bill next week.

Speaking during an exclusive interview with Citizen TV, the Garissa Township MP dispelled fears that county governments will grind to a halt.

“I will seek to bring a new Bill under Standing Order Number 1,” he said on Thursday.

This comes moments after it was revealed that mediation talks on the Division of Revenue Bill had stalled.

The Council of Governors had warned that if the Bill is not passed, a crisis would ensue in the counties as they would be unable to access funds from Treasury.

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) had even moved to court seeking to stop Thursday’s budget reading saying that it would be an illegality as the Bill is yet to be passed.

A Machakos Court certified the matter as urgent and directed that the matter be heard at the Milimani Law Courts.

The move by Duale may have just offered representatives from the two arms of Government more time to deliberate on the matter.

At the centre of the dispute is the Ksh.310billion that Treasury settled on as allocation for counties.

The COG rejected this amount and demanded that conditional grants and donor cash for development projects be included in the Division of Revenue Bill.

Parliament passes the Bill every year after it is forwarded from the Senate. However, this year, similar to what happened two years ago, Treasury and the COG clashed on the proposed allocation.

The county bosses are pushing for Ksh.335.67billion.

This saw National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi direct that a mediation team with members from the two parties be instituted to iron out their differences and come up with a compromise.

The talks seem to have hit a brick wall.

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