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Drama as Governors Storm Out of DP Ruto’s Meeting

Drama as meeting between Deputy President William Ruto and the Council of Governors on Monday collapsed after the county bosses walked out in a huff.

The discussions were being held at Ruto’s office in Karen where he supported the National Assembly’s allocation of Ksh317 billion to the county governments.

The county bosses opposed the position taken by the DP and maintained their stand on the Senate’s revised county allocations of Ksh336 billion.

The council’s communication officer told Kenyans.co.ke that CoG would hold a press conference to address the concerns after the talks collapsed.

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Council of Governors Chair Wycliffe Oparanya of Kakamega County

The Division of Revenue Bill (DORA) has been a bone of contention in a fight that has spiraled into Ruto’s office.

On June 18, the CoG had boycotted a meeting with the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council chaired by DP Ruto.

The county CEOs later softened the stance and attended the meeting which resulted in the DP promising Ksh65 billion would be disbursed to help counties clear pending bills.

The DORA Bill is key because until it is passed by Parliament, the devolved units cannot access funds for the financial year 2019/20.

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“This is to bring to your attention that county governments have no funds to perform any functions.

“It is important that Kenyans understand that county governments will literally grind to a halt,” read the CoG’s statement addressed to Kenyans and members of the press on June 17.

Deputy President William Ruto conducting a meeting of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council on June 18, 2019

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