Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata is threatening to turn the tide against Senators whose counties were bound to benefit from the 3rd Basis Revenue Allocation Sharing Formula but voted against his proposal.
Kang’ata threatened to do this by touring their respective regions and informing the electorate that they will be missing additional funds as a result of acts and omissions by their Senators.
At least 7 senators voted against Kangata’s Bill which sought to provide a two-year window before counties begin receiving funds based on population density.
Following Senate’s decision to reject the amendment on the revenue sharing formula by majority whip Irungu Kang’ata on Tuesday, it is likely counties will share revenue on basis of previous formula which aimed at minimizing development gap.
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This, however, will happen if they adopt the amendment on the Finance Committee’s Report sponsored by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja seeking to retain the status quo until county revenue share increases.
But as counties await the Senate’s decision, proponents of the one man one shilling formula are working on a comeback as well punitive measures against those believed to have betrayed their cause.
The Senators who voted against the Bill include Kakamega’s Cleophas Malala whose county was to get an additional Ksh 1 billion, Nairobi’s Johnson Sakaja whose county was to get an additional Ksh 1.2 billion, and Kipchumba Murkomen of Elgeyo Marakwet.
Other senators who rejected additional monies include Kajiado’s Senator Philip Mpayie, Lamu’s Anwar Loitiptip and Kisii’s Prof Sam Ongeri.
25 Senators in total voted against the amendment while 22 Senators voted in support of the same.
The House will now reconvene on 4th of August to continue with debate on Sakaja’s amendment on the report of the Finance Committee.
Sakaja wants to retain the current revenue allocation formula for Counties saying they are all in agreement that Counties shouldn’t lose money.
He said the narrative that some Counties in this Country are getting money than they don’t deserve shouldn’t even exist saying as Senator for Nairobi, the County would rather lose the extra Ksh 100 million it would have gotten had they adopted the report of the Finance Committee than see other Counties lose cash.