A showdown is looming in the Senate today when Senators will be debating and a taking a vote on the divisive third-generation revenue-sharing formula.
A section of Jubilee senators drawn from across the political divide met on Monday, July 27 to iron the differences on the ongoing revenue sharing standoff.
The debate has drawn sharp reactions from leaders and Kenyans across the country. Some leaders from Mt Kenya region are drumming up support for a one-man, one shilling formula, which means they are in support of a population-driven formula.
They, a section of Mt Kenya region senators, have even threatened to pull out of the BBI process if their NASA counterparts will not support the disputed formula.
Deputy President William Ruto said that the debate is unnecessarily divisive, calling on the senators to structure a win-win formula that is sensitive to proposals made by CRA without hurting any county.
“The ongoing revenue formula debate is unnecessarily divisive. The Constitution envisages fair and equitable sharing of all our resources. The legislature MUST as per its MANDATE structure a WIN-WIN formula that is sensitive to proposals made without hurting any county. INAWEZEKANA,” tweeted DP Ruto.
Raila Odinga’s assertions
ODM Party leader called out on the senators for “disagreeing on its own amendments” to the formula.
Raila said that the Senate should adopt the CRAs recommendation whose key principle is that allocation must be population-driven, as the ongoing standoff is causing paralysis and mistrust among Kenyans, at a time when the country needs to be united and singularly focused on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Under the circumstances, the country and our people would be better served if we adopted the recommendation of the CRA for the next five years. In order to avoid a similar stand-off next time, concerns currently arising should be forwarded to CRA for consideration in its future recommendations,” said Raila in a statement.
Senators who are opposed to the population-driven formula have vowed to soldier on with their belief, insisting that the system will affect negatively the already marginalised regions.
They are mostly from the coastal region, North Eastern, Upper Eastern and Maasai land.