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Governors issue Shutdown Notice to Counties, Urges Senate and Parliament to Resolve Revenue Stalemate

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Counties will not offer any services to the public from September 16th if the ongoing stalemate over the Division of Revenue Bill persists.

Council of Governors chair, Wycliffe Oparanya has attributed the actions to the current stalemate on the division of Revenue bill, that has paralyzed operation in many counties.

“Beginning September 16, if the issue will not have been resolved we will have no option but to shut down all counties. The county staff should not expect any salaries. Some have not been paid for two months now,” Gov. Wycliffe Oparanya stated.

On Wednesday, a mediation sitting organized in parliament failed to bear fruit, as a majority of the senators boycotted the sitting, citing the talks ”being of no use to helping them resolve the stalemate. ”

In the stalemate, the National Assembly had proposed a budget of Ksh 316.5 Billion for counties, against the Ksh 335 Billion that counties had presented before parliament.

This stalemate took a toll on county budgets that saw local government fail to pay their staff, resulting in multiple strikes in over 10 out of the 47 counties.

President Uhuru Kenyatta directed counties to find other sources of income, citing the government being too broke to give counties the funds they proposed.

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