Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka has assured Kenyans of a near solution to the protracted stalemate between the Senate and the National Assembly over the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 which has caused serious cash crisis in counties.
He said the Senate was aware that the standoff had had caused extensive disruption of activities and services in all the 47 counties but expressed optimism that the two houses would reach a consensus by next week.
“The cash crisis has caused a lot of financial difficulties in all counties but we are certain that the mediation committee that is holding negotiation will reach a consensus in a week’s time,” he emphasized.
He spoke when he led a team of senators to inspect ongoing preparation for the second Senate Mashinani which is set to be held in Kitui from September 16.
Echoing Lusaka’s sentiment, Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata regretted that the stalemate had pushed counties into illegal borrowing to pay workers salaries as well as finance county government operations.
While the Senate proposes that counties should get Sh335 billion from Treasury to run their affairs, the National Assembly has maintained that the figure should be trimmed down to Sh316 billion.