Senators and MPs split over budgets slash


GovernorsMPs’ unilateral decision to cut the budgets of institutions they hold a grudge with shows they suffer from inferiority complex, Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow has said.

Kerrow, who chairs the Senate Finance and Budget Committee, said taking away the Sh1 billion allocated for senators budget and allocating the cash to counties was malicious.

He said the anti-graft watchdog should investigate the “unconstitutional decision”. Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale thanked the National Assembly for adopting recommendations for extra funds to the counties.

He said the gesture is bigger than any other interests. Senate ICT Committee chairman Mutahi Kagwe said MPs should not think they are lordships “who give and take away”.

“We are not worried by the MPs’ slashing our money because we can even allocate more money to county governments from our very own pockets,” he said.

He was speaking in Nakuru town yesterday after the ICT Committee visited Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua. Kagwe said MPs’ incite the majority to cut their budget. “Some MPs are acting like lordships of the Bible and want to be worshiped all the time. That is why they are slashing Senate money,” he said.

Kagwe said: “We are going to review the constitution to allow the Senate to be running independently from the assembly.” They proposed that the CDF be managed by the county governments. Meanwhile, the Council of Governors described Parliament as a rogue house that should be tamed.

The council lashed out at the MPs for hitting back at bodies that it thought are opposed to its operations. This came after MPs on Wednesday cut the budgets of the Senate, judiciary and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.


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