Junet, Mbadi, Orengo should help end senate-parliament standoff over counties cash- Sifuna

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi shakes hands with St Celestino Oruba parish priest Vitalis Lana on Sunday

By MN Reporter

The ODM party as the ‘founder’ of devolution should help end the standoff between parliament and senate over county devolution funds.

The party secretary general Edwin Sifuna has called on party leadership in both houses led by Minority leader and Suba South MP John Mbadi and his Suna East counterpart and minority whip Junet Mohammed to led the talks.

Sifuna said the two leaders should consider holding talks with senate minority leader and Siaya senator James Orengo.

 “ODM leaders in both houses should help safeguard devolution which was championed by the orange party by ensuring both houses streamline their standoff,” Sifuna said.

He said Kenyans are not aware of the standoff and will need development from counties and said the planned demonstration on Monday by senators and governors who are accusing MPs was uncalled for.

But Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi warned that the demonstrations was supposed to be channeled to the treasury which has refused to release the money, and not legislators.

“We don’t have any stand off in the two houses, the only problem is that the national government through the treasury has refused to release money meant for counties,” Wanyonyi said.

The two leaders were speaking at St. Celestino Oruba Catholic Church in Suna West where they were hosted by area MP Peter Masara for a funds drive.