Senators faulted for boycotting special sitting

Senators faulted for boycotting sitting to approve money disbursement

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The fund drive function at Meshack Tumokou Secondary

West Pokot leaders have faulted senators for failing to approve disbursement of money to counties for 2016-2017 financial year.

CORD and Jubilee senators boycotted a special sitting called on Friday morning to approve the schedule indicating how much money the units are to get in the current financial year.

The schedule that was to be passed, was to enable the 47 counties to start receiving the first tranche of the 300 billion shillings allocated to them by the National Government.

There were only 16 senators in the chamber at noon, 13 from Jubilee and 3 from Cord, when the vote was taken.

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The two at the fund drive function at Meshack Tumokou Secondary

For a vote to pass in the Senate, it has to garner the support of more than half of the 47 elected senators, who vote on behalf of their counties.

Senators had been recalled from August recess to pass 14 crucial bills and a motion to allow counties access the money allocated in June.

Speaking at Meshack Tumokou Secondary school during a funds drive, West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin and Kapenguria Member of Parliament Samuel Moroto accused the senators for boycotting the sitting citing ill motive.

Kachapin said that it was sabotage for the counties to fail in order for them to gain political mileage as most of them have shown interest in vying for the governorship position.

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“They did it for their own personal interests. How can they be Governors if approving the cash meant to help counties is a problem?” asked Kachapin.

Kachapin cited that the County Governments are staring at a possible financial crisis after a special sitting of the Senate was adjourned on Friday for lack of quorum.

The County Boss complained about delayed release of the money by the Treasury saying their workers in the county are complaining over delayed salaries.

Mr. Moroto cited that the process will be delayed for six months before it’s brought back hence counties will continue facing financial crisis.

“The money cannot be released without the schedule unless with the presidents Decree or the national assembly petitions,” said Moroto.