County governments are broke, Oparanya says

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Operations at the counties are now at a standstill due to a delay in the reimbursement of the monies to the counties, the chairman of the council of governors, Wycliffe Oparanya, has said.

According to Oparanya, the senators, national assembly and Commission For Revenue Allocation (CRA) are not in agreement on the county budget.

The CRA recommended a budget of Sh335 billion. However, after negotiations, the Senate and National Assembly could not agree as they settled on Sh327bn and Sh316bn respectively.

Today marks the third week in the new financial 2019-2020 without an agreement on this stalemate.

“It is for this reason the COG have today resulted to seeking intervention of the supreme court in various items among them the consequence of failure by the national assembly and the Senate to agree on a version of the division of revenue bill within the context of article 113 of the constitution,” the Kakamega county governor said in a press briefing.

“The governors are now blaming the parliament mediation committee for failing to adapt the CRA recommendation and consequently delaying reimbursement of the county budget,” Governor Oparanya said.

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