Members of Parliament are to blame for the delayed disbursement of funds to the county governments, former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama has said.
In an interview with NTV on Tuesday, Muthama said it is unreasonable for MPs to push for house allowances and funds for foreign trips, yet they want to deny counties money meant for development purposes.
He claimed that the lawmakers are becoming too selfish following a stalemate over the Division of Revenue Bill 2019.
“The same MPs saying there is no money for the counties are the same MPs who are travelling to the States. They are the MPs asking for housing allowances,” he said.
Muthama opined that the government has enough money to fund the counties, adding that the legislators would not have received their salaries had there been a shortage of funds.
“If the government did not have money, there wouldn't be overspending of funds, there would be a lack of salaries to the MPs and the president himself,” he added.
His remarks come at a time when the Senate and National Assembly are on recess amid the Division of Revenue standoff.