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Kenya: Court Won’t Solve Revenue Row, Ruto Tells Governors

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Deputy President William Ruto has faulted the Council of Governors (CoG) leadership for the impasse on the Division on Revenue Bill, 2019.

Speaking at African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa Church in Nakuru Town on Saturday, Dr Ruto said he had approached the CoG chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya to pursue dialogue instead of moving to court.

STALEMATE

“As leaders, we need to look for solutions to end this stalemate instead of going to court. I had advised Mr Oparanya that issues regarding division of revenue could only be resolved through inter- governmental agencies but he told me had an alternative solution,” said Dr Ruto.

He added: “What is happening now could have been avoided had Mr Oparanya listened to my advice. His alternative solution seems not to work. Had he tabled his concerns before the Inter-Governmental Economic and Budget Council, we would have found a solution.”

The DP said Mr Oparanya’s interventions are to blame for the current stalemate.

“It is important to use the structures set up for the management of devolution to reach into an agreement on matters involving sharing of revenue or any other matter,” said the DP.

He said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s position that there are no additional funds to the counties still stands.

DEVELOPMENT

“The National Assembly and Senate must resolve this matter to enable us proceed with development,” he added.