Governors threaten to dissolve Senate, shut down counties over revenue stalemate

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The Council of Governors (CoG) is threatening to sponsor a petition to dissolve the Senate over failure to pass the third basis revenue sharing formula, further warning that all 47 counties will shut down on September 17, 2020 if an agreement is not reached.

CoG Chair and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, in a  statement released on Thursday, said the Senate has failed counties hence has no role being in existence.

“To this end, we hereby forewarn the Senate that a petition for its dissolution can be initiated by any member of the public through the High Court as provided for under Article 258 of the Constitution,” read the statement.

“It is unfortunate that county governments are unable to even pay the salaries and allowances of our health workers who remain in the frontline to save lives of Kenyans.”

“In this regard, if the situation persists, effective Thursday September 17, 2020 counties will have no choice but to shut down. Therefore, all county government services will not be available in the counties. Consequently, we shall release all county employees to proceed on leave until an amicable solution on the issue is reached.”

Oparanya also faulted the Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee for continually calling Governors to Nairobi despite the dangers presented by COVID-19.

Oparanya said no Governor will appear before the committee until the pandemic is over and money has been disbursed to counties.