All county governments to be shut down as from September 16 - Governors announce new plan

A sad day for devolution

Governors set to shut down counties on September 16 if stalemate on Division of  Revenue Bill is not resolved - CoG Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya

County governments will grind to a halt on September 16 if the stalemate on the Division of Revenue Bill is not resolved, Governors have now warned.

The Council of Governors, under the leadership of Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, announced the new course of action following a meeting held on Thursday.

"Beyond this date, if the matter is not resolved the county governments will have no option but to shut down," Governor Oparanya stated.

The announcement comes a day after a mediation meeting failed to take place on Wednesday due to lack of quorum.

The matter had been referred to Parliament by the Supreme Court with orders to resolve the stand off and select members of both Houses were supposed to take part in the mediation talks.

Senators, however, failed to show up and chairman of the mediation committee, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wa was forced to call off the meeting.

Governors against Treasury and National Assembly

The governors' have accused Treasury and the National Assembly of disregarding the Commission of Revenue Allocation's recommendations on the contentious bill.

Shortly after moving to the Supreme Court, the governors announced that county workers' salaries would be delayed due to shortage of funds.

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