Court action won’t solve revenue impasse, Ruto tell Governors, Senate

Court action won’t solve revenue impasse, Ruto tell Governors, Senate

BY CORRESPONDENT,MACHAKOS,20TH JULY 2019-Deputy President William Ruto has blamed  Governors and Senators, for having rushed to court to seek an answer concerning    the Division of Revenue stalemate  before exhausting other dispute resolution mechanisms.

Speaking in Machakos County on Saturday where he was the chief guest at a fundraising, the Deputy President said moving to court is not a solution.

“Even those who have gone to the court, the court will give justice but remember courts don’t give allocation of money.”

“It is the work of leaders to sit and agree when there are differences and disagreements.. I want to assure Kenyans that we will solve this matter,” he added.

This week  has seen Governors and Senators move to the High Court this week due to an impasse over the crucial Division of Revenue Bill 2019 where they are pushing for the 47 counties to be allocated Sh335 billion while their counterparts in the National Assembly want them to get Sh316 billion.

The DP further said he had held talks with the leaders and that they agreed to ensure the money the two governments share is realised from local collections.

He said they could not share money that was not available.

“Already we have published a new Bill that is going to ensure that there is harmony and agreement on sharable revenue going in future,” Ruto emphasized.

So far the Council of Governors have already rejected the new version of the Division of Revenue Bill, 2019 which has been published and is set to be introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday next week when sittings resume after a short recess.

 

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