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Governor Mutua wants Duale thrown out of crucial meeting

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Machokos Governor Alfred Mutua

Majority Leader Aden Duale has been asked to recuse himself from the mediation talks between the National Assembly and the Senate, by Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua.

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According to Dr Mutua, Mr Duale had taken an uncompromising viewpoint in the ongoing division of revenue stalemate.

The Machakos governor said: “We have noticed, and it is in the public domain, that National Assembly Leader Aden Duale has taken hard-line positions and publicly declared his stance."

He continued: "We respect him but feel that as the Majority Leader, the negotiations are not at his stage yet. His presence is not helping but perpetuating differences as Kenyans suffer and die.”

Governor Mutua pointed out that there was a need for the bicameral committee to come up with an urgent solution to ensure normalcy resumes.

Stalemate

"An agreement is vital if development is to be enhanced and the Kenyan economy supported to roll back poverty,” Dr Mutua said.

The stand-off between the Senate and the National Assembly over cash allocation to the counties has paralysed operations in counties.

This has lead to the collapse of delivery of essential services and delays in disbursement of salaries for county workers.

The bicameral committee of parliament constituted to unlock the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 stalemate failed to reach a consensus during its inaugural sitting.

The formation of the committee that was established following a Supreme Court advisory opinion issued by Chief Justice David Maraga.

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