BY PSCU and MWAKERA MWAJEFA
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the National Assembly and the Senate to end the stalemate over the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 to allow release of funds to counties.
He said Members of Parliament should act quickly to ensure that counties get their share of the available funds because any further delay will deny Kenyans the services they need.
The President reminded the lawmakers that the government does not have unlimited resources and what it has been allocating to counties was much higher than the threshold set by the Constitution.
“The Constitution says we give a minimum of 15 percent to counties. Within one year I took it to over 30 percent,” he said calling for modesty and honesty in demands for more allocations for counties.
“Why can you not pass the Bill so that people can get services? Reach an agreement so that we can release funds to counties,” he added.
The Head of State spoke after he officially opened the Ugatuzi Plaza that houses the Nakuru County Assembly Chamber on August 14, 2019.
Later at State House, Nakuru President Kenyatta said the government’s commitment to integrity and honesty in national examinations was stronger than ever before.
He said the reforms implemented by the Jubilee Administration to eradicate cheating and other malpractices in national examinations would be strengthened.
“I wish to reassure all of you that my government’s commitment continues in terms of upholding the values of fairness, integrity and quality in our examinations. That drive is stronger than ever,” he said.
On the music festival, Mr Kenyatta said the event is important in fostering unity and cohesion as it builds on the diversity of the nation.
According to him the annual music festival brings out the beauty of the cultural diversity that makes Kenya unique and strong.
He appreciated the participation of Ugandan schools in the festival adding that he would like to see participants from all East African Community member states.
On the Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) being rolled out, the President said the arts and music are no longer sideline subjects but are integral parts of the system.
Earlier at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta signed into law the Statistics (Amendment) Bill and the Accreditation Service Bill.
The Statistics (Amendment) Bill, which is now an Act of law, aims at streamlining the management of statistical information at national and county levels by ensuring data collection and processing is conducted in accordance with international best practices and standards.
The new statistics law also expands the mandate of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics by aligning state agency to the provisions of the 2010 constitution.
The new Accreditation Service Act establishes the Kenya National Accreditation Service as the sole national agency charged with the responsibility of managing accreditation services in the country.
The law, which repeals the Kenya Accreditation Service Order of 2009, establishes a robust framework for the establishment of an internationally recognized accreditation system aimed at strengthening international recognition of Kenyan products.
The bills were presented to the President for signature by Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto in a ceremony attended by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Cheboi, Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale and Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai.