NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 15 – The Senate will on Monday hold a special sitting to debate the reduction of their budget proposed by the Mediation Committee on the Division of Revenue Bill, 2015.
The committee appointed by the Speakers of the Senate and the National Assembly concluded its report on the Division of Revenue Bill, which was subsequently adopted by the Senate and later by the National Assembly.
According to the Senate Order Paper, it had proposed an increase in the allocation to counties by a total of Sh3.3 billion, with Sh1.7 billion as shareable revenue while Sh1.5 billion was an allocation to Level 5 hospitals.
“On 27th May, 2015, the Mediation Committee on the Division of Revenue Bill, 2015, appointed by the Speakers of the Senate and the National Assembly by letters dated 28th April, 2015 and 27th April, 2015, respectively, concluded its report on the Division of Revenue Bill, which was subsequently adopted by the Senate at a Sitting held on the same day, 27th May, 2015, and by the National Assembly at a special sitting of 3rd June, 2015,” the Order Paper states.
However the National Assembly in another sitting resolved to reduce the various allocations which according to the Senate would negatively impact key oversight functions at both the national and county levels of government.
“The National Assembly considered the Report of the Budget and Appropriations Committee on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the Financial Year 2015/2016 and resolved to re-allocate various monies intended for key constitutional organs and institutions,” the statement said.
“These included Capital Allocations for the Judiciary, a reduction of Sh800 million, Recurrent Allocations for the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, a reduction of Sh200 million, allocations for the Integrated Financial Management System, a reduction of Sh325 million and monies intended for monitoring and evaluation of national revenue allocated to the County Governments, a reduction of Sh1 billion.”
The Senate contends that the reductions are a threat to the independence and impartiality of the affected constitutional organs and institutions in the execution of their respective mandates.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the National Assembly and the Senate stop their supremacy battles as they were stifling development.