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Governors reject new version of revenue bill

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The Council of Governors has rejected a new version of the Division of Revenue Bill, 2019.

The bill has raised the equitable share for the 47 county governments to 316 billion shillings and increase of 6 billion shillings from the previous bill that had allocate the devolved units 310 billion shillings.

In a statement the CoG Chairman and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said the governors will wait for the advisory opinion of the Supreme Court.

Oparanya insists that Governors will not take anything less than 335 billion shillings recommended by the Commission of Revenue Allocation.

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On Monday Governors filed a petition at the Supreme Court over the ongoing stalemate which, they said, has stalled operations in counties.

However,The proposal by the Commission on Revenue Allocation has been opposed by the National Treasury and National Assembly, with Majority Leader Aden Duale accusing the commission of making unrealistic recommendations.

The bill is now set to be introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday next week when sittings resume after a short recess.

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