Nairobi, Sept. 17 -- The Council of Governors (CoG) has moved to court seeking orders to compel the National Treasury to immediately release 50 percent of the Sh316.5 billion allocated to the devolved units in the current financial year.

In a petition filed Wednesday at the High Court in Nairobi, CoG says the Senate has abandoned its responsibility by delaying to break the stalemate on the third basis of sharing revenue.

The council filed the case alongside Laikipia and Mandera county governments, saying should the court fail to intervene and order the Senate to unlock the impasse within 14 days, the devolved units will be exposed to existential danger.

They argue that Article 217 (7) of the constitution allows for the current second gen...