Renewed turf war as National Assembly rejects Sh1.3bn Senate fund

November 17, 2016 7:03 pm
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Members of the National Assembly overruled the funds after they approved the Committee on Delegated Legislation report which says Senators Oversight Fund regulations flout the Public Finance Management Act/FILE
Members of the National Assembly overruled the funds after they approved the Committee on Delegated Legislation report which says Senators Oversight Fund regulations flout the Public Finance Management Act/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – The National Assembly and Senate are headed for a fresh battle of supremacy after MPs rejected the proposed Sh1.3 billion Senators Oversight Fund.

Members of the National Assembly overruled the funds after they approved the Committee on Delegated Legislation report which says Senators Oversight Fund regulations flout the Public Finance Management Act.

Overview
  • Based on the formula in the regulations, each elected Senator would have received an average of Sh19.5 million and the Nominated Senators at least Sh3 million this financial year for oversight in the counties.

Based on the formula in the regulations, each elected Senator would have received an average of Sh19.5 million and the Nominated Senators at least Sh3 million this financial year for oversight in the counties.

The Nominated Senators would be charged with monitoring and evaluating activities at the national level of the special interest groups like women, youth and the disabled.

Senators, who are mandated by the Constitution to protect the interests of counties and their governments, become the third set of legislators to control an allocation after MPs and women representatives.

Elected MPs have the Constituency Development Fund, while Woman Representatives have the Social Affirmative Action Fund.

Senators have in the past complained about the lack of an allocation for them to monitor how Governors use funds given to them each year. Past attempts to secure an independent vote for this purpose were ineffectual.

The lawmakers have been complaining about the lack of offices in counties, saying this hampered their work.

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