The Senate House leadership is currently being hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House ahead of this afternoon’s crucial vote on the third basis for revenue sharing among the 47 counties.
The meeting, which was attended by Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Chairman of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, resolved that depending on the financial performance of the economy, the Government will, in the next Financial Year (2021/22), endeavor to allocate an additional Kshs 50 billion to Counties as part of efforts to strengthen devolution.
With this undertaking, the President urged Senators to urgently resolve the revenue sharing stalemate at the Senate so as to avoid disruption of service delivery in the Counties.
The Senate was represented at the meeting by Hon Samuel Poghisio (Majority Leader), Hon Irungu Kang’ata (Majority Chief Whip), James Orengo (Minority Leader) and Hon Fatuma Dullo (Deputy Majority Leader)
Also present were Senators Hon Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated) and Hon Johnes Mwashushe Mwaruma (Taita Taveta).
A showdown is expected as senators reconvene for a record tenth time on Tuesday to debate and vote on the contentious third basis for sharing county revenue.
The lawmakers head into the high-stakes sitting a divided house, even after Speaker Kenneth Lusaka postponed last week’s debate to allow for consensus building.
On Monday, they failed to hold an informal meeting (Kamukunji) as ordered by Lusaka to strike a balance ahead of the Tuesday’s sitting.