The Senate 12-member committee formed to broker a deal in the protracted battle for counties revenue allocation has hit a deadlock.
Sources told The Standard that the members of Team Kenya and the rival team became obstinate and neither was ready to cede ground.
The stalemate spilling over to the committee puts cash-strapped counties in a precarious situation.
The grandstanding brought about by members not willing to yield their hard stance means the Senate maybe forced to resort to a Kamukunji and adopt a common position.
In the Kamukunji, the senators will be forced to drop all the amendments and work on the original Finance Committee report for a broad-based consensus.
Members of Team Kenya are said to be wary of any deal that will not have their footprints in it.
The team made up of youthful lawmakers have chartered an unprecedented path, insisting that they want a win-win formula that does not disenfranchise any county.
Ironically, key members of the team hail from counties that would have otherwise gained in the formula. They include Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Cleophas Malala (Kakamega) and Mithika Linturi (Meru).
On Friday, President Uhuru Kenyatta waded into the simmering debate, saying he will not interfere into the standoff as equity and fairness must be upheld.
“On this issue of the Senate, the money does not belong to Uhuru, the formula was originated by CRA, detailing how the money can be shared equitably in the Senate. Everyone must get what is just,” he said. “Why should Nairobi be said to be a rich city whether one lives in Embakasi or Korogocho where they use plastic bag toilet, yet they are being told they have the money. The truth shall eventually come out.”