NEWS: Senate in bid to define role

The Senate has lined up two crucial resolutions that will help it define its role as the guardian of devolution of power and resources to all the 47 county governments.
 Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro (right) leaves the Senate after a session of the Senate. Photo/FILE
One of the resolutions seeks to form a key committee that will audit all the laws of the country to eliminate conflict with the devolution as prescribed in the Constitution, with a possible consequence of trimming the powers of the provincial administration.

The other one seeks to bind county governments to enter into agreements with the national government on how money for infrastructure development will be transferred from the National Treasury to the county treasuries.

The vote on both resolutions is scheduled for Tuesday, but the Senate will have to deal with the persistent lack of quorum that has dogged it over the past week.

Mr James Orengo (Siaya) will conclude moving a motion that seeks to form a special committee of the Senate to audit every law to make sure that “all existing legislation that may undermine the authority, mandate and functions of the county governments” are brought into conformity with the Constitution.
He said the audit, especially for the Provincial Administration was key because the Senate had “noted that the provincial administration continues to operate in circumstances that have affected the exercise of certain functions and operations of the county governments”.