County government\u2019s financial woes are far from over after Attorney General Paul Kihara on Friday advised against releasing 50 per cent of money due to them this year to pay salaries and other urgent bills. In an advisory opinion, Kihara said the release of the money has to be done within the law. As such, he ruled out a likelihood of counties receiving any amount before the passage of the Division of Revenue Bill, citing lack of enabling legislation. Kihara said that if he was to advise the National Treasury to release the money to the devolved units, his office would violate the Constitution and the Public Finance Management Act. \u201cWhat is clear from the foregoing provisions of the Constitution is that there can be no withdrawal from the Consolidated Fund without the authorisation of Parliament,\u201d said Kihara in a letter to Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye. \u201cIn our considered opinion, therefore, there is no legal basis under the current legal architecture, upon which the National Treasury can administratively advance funds to the county governments.\u201d The letter, which is also copied to Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and his National Assembly counterpart Justin Muturi, the Principal Government Legal Adviser said under the Constitution, there could be no expenditure from the consolidated fund without parliament\u2019s authorisation. Nevertheless, the AG has backed proposals by the National Assembly\u2019s budget committee to amend the Public Finance Management Act so as to facilitate the release of the guaranteed 15 per cent share of national revenue to counties. In that regard, he has recommended that lawmakers cut short their break, to deliberate on the proposed changes to the law.