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Lawmakers to mediate county board impasse named

Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro appointed Senators Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Amos Wako (Busia) while National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi named Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi), Katoo ole Metito (Kajiado South) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) to the team/FILE

Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro appointed Senators Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Amos Wako (Busia) while National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi named Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi), Katoo ole Metito (Kajiado South) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) to the team/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 13 – The Speakers of the two Houses of Parliament have named a six-member mediation team after the County Development Boards (Amendment) Bill was rejected by the National Assembly.

Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro appointed Senators Kiraitu Murungi (Meru), Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Amos Wako (Busia) while National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi named Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi), Katoo ole Metito (Kajiado South) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren) to the team.

The Amendment Bill sponsored by Nandi Senator Stephen Sang has been referred to the team to try and work out a compromise version.

Article 184(4) of the Constitution requires all disputes between county and national governments to be resolved through negotiations and dialogue as opposed to legislation while the County Government Act and the Inter-Governmental Relations Act 2012 provides mechanisms for county development planning.

According to the proposed law, the County Development Boards will be chaired by Senators with the Governors as secretaries.

Sang’s Bill seeks to establish ward development boards and sub-county development boards.

The National Assembly concluded debate on the Amendment Bill last Thursday where legislators were split on the mandate of the boards and requirement that the legislators sit in them.

The legislators in the Lower House observed they were mandated to represent oversight and legislate on behalf of Kenyans and not execute development spending at the county level.

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