BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,19TH JULY 2019-Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday directed parties mentioned in the case filed by governors on the Division of Revenue Bill to file their papers before the matter is mentioned on Tuesday next week.
The court has asked involved parties to submit papers by close of business on Monday.
The chief justice said the case will be given priority due to its urgency.This comes at atime when the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has already objected to the reference.
According to Muturi , the Supreme Court lacks the jurisdiction to issue an advisory opinion on the reference because the matters raised are subject of ongoing proceedings before the High court.
The CJ said those matters cannot be raised at this stage as the purpose for the mention was to only take directions on how the case will proceed.
On Monday, the governors moved to court accusing the National Treasury and the National Assembly of holding counties hostage.
The county chiefs said the National Treasury has continuously been ignoring the Commission of Revenue Allocation’s recommendations on the sharing of revenue between the national government and the developed units.
The Council of Governors has also called upon the National Treasury to halt county’s Ifmis budget uploads until the passage of the controversial Division of Revenue Bill is passed.
The county bosses said they were concerned with the Treasury’s request of submission of approved county budgets for uploading on the Ifmis.