Leg­is­la­tors vote against sen­a­tors’ mon­i­tor­ing fund, say it vi­o­lates the law

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

The bid by sen­a­tors to get them­selves Sh1 bil­lion an­nu­ally for over­sight of the coun­ties has been thwarted by the Na­tional Assem­bly. The House voted yes­ter­day to adopt a re­port by the Com­mit­tee on Del­e­gated Leg­is­la­tion, which thrashed reg­u­la­tions drafted to pro­vide a le­gal frame­work for the man­age­ment of the Sen­ate Mon­i­tor­ing Fund. The com­mit­tee, chaired by Wil­liam Chep­tumo, in its re­port said the reg­u­la­tions as pub­lished vi­o­late laws gov­ern­ing ex­pen­di­ture of pub­lic funds. The panel said the de­ci­sion was guided by law. Sen­a­tors have been push­ing for the al­lo­ca­tion, say­ing they are not able to per­form their con­sti­tu­tional roles be­cause of in­ad­e­quate funds. They were al­lo­cated Sh1 bil­lion in the 2016-17 bud­get af­ter the same at­tempt flopped last year. In the ab­sence of the reg­u­la­tions, the sen­a­tors will also be un­able to ac­cess Sh300 mil­lion al­lo­cated to them in Fe­bru­ary for the last quarter of the last fi­nan­cial year.

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