Senators address a news conference following the announcement that President Kenyatta had assented to the Division of Revenue Bill June 11, 2013. They have filed a petition to challenge the presidents assent to the bill. Photo/File
Senate petitions Kenyatta’s assent to Revenue Allocation Bill
Senators have filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging President Kenyatta’s assent to the Revenue Allocation Bill.
The Senate is seeking the advisory opinion of the High Court on ten constitutional points, among them the meaning of a “Bill” concerning county governments and whether parliament followed the right constitutional procedure in passing the bill.
The Senate had interrupted its Tuesday evening sitting to go into an emergency session to discuss President Kenyatta’s move to assent the Division of Revenue Bill, which allocates Sh210 billion to county governments.
The Senate wanted Sh258 billion allocated to the counties.
The senators, who were still pleading with the President to reject the Bill, got the shock of their lives when Mr James Orengo (Siaya) notified the House that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr Justin Muturi, had announced that the Bill had been assented to.