There has been a disagreement in the Senate over the right formula for sharing revenue that has led to postponement of the sitting four times.Jubilee senators disagreed with their ODM counterparts raising eyebrows on the effectiveness of the handshake.The last meeting witnessed a lot of drama and senate majority leader Samuel Poghisio urged the planning committee to hasten the process.
ODM leader Raila Odinga has broken the silence in his stand about the right sharing formula.Odinga speaking to the press said that he supports the new formula of one body one shilling as opposed to some of his allies in the senate who want the old formula to be retained.The new formula suggests that money be allocated according to the number of persons and not as per the geographical size of the side.
Raila’s sentiments are expected to attract much attention and response from both sides of senators and other politicians.Majority of leaders from the former Central province have been advocating for the new formula wanting the 2019 census results to be used in allocating revenue to different counties.These means that the revenue be awarded as per the number of people in the region which is simply a 1-1 to ratio.
The old formula suggests that revenue be shared I in accordance with the geographical size of the region no matter how many people it has.This means that a county with a large area band less person benefits compared to that with a small area but is densely populated.This formula has been supported by many leaders from the coast and western region.
According to the former prime minister, sharing of one shilling per one person is better only if corruption can be eliminated.Much money has not been benefiting mwananchi and even most of them are not aware.Selfish leaders have been using the opportunity for self gain and that is why most counties have realised less developments despite the huge revenue.
Most of counties from the coast and western region will be affected if the new formula is implemented.The fear that if the revenue is still not enough then what if it is reduced? Deputy president William Ruto through his twitter account supported the old formula and now it is expected other leaders to give their view on the matter.The senate proceedings resume on Tuesday to try and finalise on the matter.