DP William Ruto has said the cash crunch being experienced by county governments would have been avoided had the Council of Governors (CoG) chairman Wycliff Oparanya heeded his advise.
Speaking in Nakuru on Saturday, DP Ruto disclosed he had urged Oparanya to pursue a solution through Inter-Governmental Economic and Budget Council, a position that the Kakamega governor ignored.
“I had advised Oparanya that issues regarding division of revenue could smoothly be resolved through legally constituted structures but he told me he had an alternative solution” said Ruto.
He called for governors to use the legally constituted mechanism to resolve revenue disputes with national government to avoid unnecessary stalemates.
“It is important to use structures set up for management of devolution to reach consensus on matters involving sharing of revenue or any other matter,” said the DP.
Ruto called on Parliament to speed up debate and pass the Division of Revenue Bill to stop counties from collapsing.
Early this week Oparanya warned counties will stop operations on September 16, 2019 if the matter was not resolved.
He said the stalemate has left counties with no funds to pay county government workers.
” 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 2019.
The Senate is backing governors’ position that the allocation be increased to KSh 335 billion against NA position of the current 316 billion allocation.
Counties cannot prepare any budget before passing of the Division of Revenue Bill which defines funds allocation between the two levels of government.