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Governors threaten to shut down counties over revenue row

Governors have threatened to shutdown counties next month if the Division of Revenue bill stalemate is not resolved.

According to Kakamega County governor Wycliffe Oparanya, the stalemate has left counties with no funds to pay county government workers.

Oparanya who is also the Council of Governors chairman warned counties will stop operations on September 16, 2019 if the matter is not resolved.

” After this date, if the matter is not resolved the county governments will be left with no option but to shut down,” said Oparanya.

The National Assembly and the Senate have been feuding over the Division of Revenue Bill. The Senate is backing governors position that the allocation be increased from 316 billion to 335 billion.

Counties cannot prepare any budget before passing of the Division of Revenue Bill which defines funds allocation between the two levels of government.

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