On a Facebook post updated on August 10, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen gave reasons why he is strongly opposing the third generation revenue sharing formula even though his county is among those poised to benefit from it.
He also addressed questions on his position as a strong defendant of devolution and equality. He justified his statement by saying that his position and some of the senators are predicated on their personal conviction and belief that the sharing of national revenue should not and must not be a zero-sum game where for some counties to gain, others must lose.
“The questions being raised by Senator Irungu Kang’ata and others, regarding my opposition to a formula that would see Elgeyo Marakwet gain, are an exemplification of how individualistic and self-centered Kenya’s political class has become,” said Murkomen in a Facebook post.
STARVING MARGINALIZED COUNTIES
Senator Murkomen also said that the proposed revenue sharing formula seeks to rob and starve small and marginalized counties like Samburu, Tharaka Nithi, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Isiolo and many others.
He also said that these are the same counties that have been subjected to abject marginalisation for over 50 years, “it is not fair to cast them back into the deprivation when they are beginning their upward trek towards regional development.”
He concluded his long post by insisting that it is very possible to have a win-win formula for all the 47 counties.