The debate on the revenue-sharing formula will be permanently solved if we find a way of containing theft of public resources, this is according to renowned political analyst Herman Manyora.
Speaking on TV47’s Pundits Night show on Monday, August 3, Manyora says that currently the country is losing 1/3rd of the national budget through rampant corruption by government officials.
“Let’s find a way of containing theft of public resources so that we put sufficient resources to the counties, so that the questions of what formula is used may not be as important as it is now,” said Manyora.
According to the University of Nairobi lecturer, the Senate is also supposed to work on strengthening their oversite roles and come up with better mechanisms that will put governors in check as far as public funds are concerned.
“Let’s put more resources to the counties and, improve on the oversight structures so that governors don’t have a free hand to spent money anyhaul. Governors in counties are the engineers, they are the procurement officers, they are the experts of about everything, that should not be the case,” added Manyora.
Showdown at the Senate
Another showdown looms in the Senate today as senators are expected to debate on the controversial revenue-sharing formula.
The Senators are caught between passing the Commission on Revenue Allocation’s (CRA) third generation formula proposal that puts population as the key parameter of revenue allocation to counties and Senator Sakaja’s proposed amendments that ensure no county loses a single cent.
ODM leader Raila Odinga met with a section of Jubilee leaders over the weekend to hatch a plan on how senators from both sides of the handshake will pass the formula with CRA’s proposal.
Some of the leaders who attended the meeting that was convened at COTU boss Francis Atwoli’s home in Kajiado were former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and Jubilee Party vice chairperson David Murathe.