Senate adopts revised version of Division of Revenue Bill 2019

The Senate has adopted the new version of the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 that resolves to allocate counties a sharable revenue of Kshs.316 billion.

The National Assembly is now set to debate the bill Thursday and forward it to President Uhuru Kenyatta to assent to law.

House Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen emphasized that their concession was highly informed by the need to avert a looming crisis in counties.

“The national government does not have its own money that it donates to county governments, it does not have the responsibility of dictating to Parliament how much goes to what level of government,” he said.

He stressed that under the current dispensation of the new 2010 constitution, Senate had a solid mandate to defend counties in particular what allocation should be disbursed to the devolved units.

Minority Leader James Orengo, however, cautioned that if the Senators yielded to pressure again in future over the same issue, then the Senate would have lost it.

“I am disappointed in how we retreated but this is a matter that we should draw lessons from. The government cannot appropriate before there has been a division of revenue between the two national levels of governments,” he said.