Counties to shut down if revenue stalemate persists, warns governors

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Governors have warned county operations will shut from September 16, should the current revenue standoff persist.
Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said counties are broke and that if the Division of Revenue Bill, 2019 is not resolved, they will have no choice but to shut down all county operations.
“The County Governments will not be able to pay salaries at the end of this month going forward. Beyond September 16, 2019, if the matter is not resolved the counties will shut down,” read the statement.
For months now, the National Assembly and the Senate are yet to agree on the amount of money to be disbursed to counties.
The National Assembly offered counties Sh316.5 billion, while the Senate is stuck to Sh335.6 billion.
The stalemate forced governors to move to court seeking its guidance over the matter.
The matter has been tabled before a mediation committee comprised of representatives from both Houses where there has never been any tangible discussion.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has maintained that the country is broke and cannot offer what it doesn’t have.
He urged the counties to take what has been offered by the National Assembly.
Kenya County Workers Union Secretary Union Roba Duba also urged governors to accept the amount offered by the National Assembly to avert an impending crisis at the counties.

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