Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has expressed hope that President Uhuru Kenyatta would finally disburse funds to the crippled counties.
Speaking on Saturday at a funeral function in Bumula Constituency in Bungoma County, the former Governor stated that it would be important for the head of state to put put his signature on paper and allow funds to be channeled to the counties as early as Monday.
“We understand we have had several issues at the Senate concerning the revenue allocation but we have since managed that,” said the 57- year old.
“With everything now in place, we expect that President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the bill and enable Counties to receive their funds so that operations are normalised.”
Lusaka also hailed Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula for leading other Senators to finally agree on a balanced formula that would see a fair allocation of revenue to the Counties.
This comes amid fears from CoGC Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya who accused the central government of delayed the funds, saying that Counties would soon suspend operations if they remain crippled as they are.
“We are now in our fourth month without funds and Governors have to unnecessarily borrow funds from banks to finance salaries to their staff,” Oparaanya said at a different function.
President Uhuru Kenyatta last week toured France where he signed a deal with his counterpart Emmanuel Macron. Kenya will receive Sh19 billion from Macron’s government to boost water supply in the country.
Lusaka’s call is expected to pile pressure on the president when he lands back in the country.