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Senate Adjourns The New Revenue Sharing Formula Stalemate

Lamech Bwabi

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Counties will continue to suffer as senators on Tuesday August 4 voted to adjourn the debate.The stalemate on the right procedure of revenue allocation has been suspended for the seventh time as an agreement is not reached.Former majority leader of the senate Kipchumba Murkomen proposed the adjournment motion that 36 senators voted for while only one marked himself absent.
Murkomen said that adjourning the sitting will give senators an ample time to find beat argument that will lead to an agreement. High profile leaders like Raila Odinga have failed to convince their senators to vote for the new revenue sharing formula as proposed by the Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA) of one body one shilling one vote.
Former outspoken Jubilee vice chair, David Murathe had warned Jubilee senators who could stand in the path of the bill.Murathe said that the senators who were going against their party affiliations will face disciplinary action from the party.Some of the senators who opposed the new formula included Nairobi senator Johnstone Sakaja and Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen.

Nairobi Senator Johnstone Sakaja [ Courtesy] Source; Twitter

Senator Le dama Ole Kina through his twitter account had earlier made allegations that senators were being bribed up to 5 million shillings so as to pass the bill.Leaders form the mount Kenya have been on the front line to pass the bill and this through their party urged it’s senators to vote for the new bill.
If the new formula was to be implemented, up to 18 counties were going to lose up to 1 billion shilling while 29 counties were going to gain.Most of the affected counties negatively are from the coastal region, eastern and north eastern region.While those from Machakos, Kajiado and Central would have some additional funds.
Senate majority whip Irungu Kang’ata argued that counties that were set to lose some amount will be equalized.Ole Kina on his hand said that never again will he allow his people to lose funds.Sakaja on his aside said that counties that could lose some money, are not yet developed and still need more funds to develop.
CRA had said that if senators fail to agree on the right sharing formula, then they will receive half of the money previously allocated to them.However, counties have opposed the proposal saying that they need money for development is hindered and workers are demanding their salaries.
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