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Mt Kenya MP Offers ‘Ksh6m Bribe’ For Senators to Pass Revenue Formula

by Robert Mwangi
2 mins read

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua has pleaded with senators from the larger Mt Kenya region to do everything possible for the county revenue- sharing formula to sail through the House.

In a heated exchange with Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi during an interview on Inooro TV, Gachagua accused the Senate of causing a cash crisis in counties.

To resolve the stalemate, the MP offered to raise Ksh6 million to woo the senators opposed to the formula to endorse it.

“You, Wamatangi, and your fellow senators from Mt Kenya region, why are you not being wise on this matter? Some of the senators against the formula just need a sit-down and something small in their pockets.

“If you want any assistance, just contact me and I can assure you I will raise Ksh1 million and a few friends, including Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu MP) will top up to get at least Ksh6 million anytime,” he said.

The first-term lawmaker said Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio and Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata had failed fellow Kenyans.

However, Wamatangi said the view that the Mathira MP was taking the matter out of context.

“My friend Gachagua is clueless on this matter. Why do you want us to bribe senators when there are other means to engage them? At the end, we are going to pass this formula,” said the Kiambu politician.

The Senate will convene for a record 10th time this afternoon to try again to resolve the matter.

No White Smoke Yet, But…

The Special Committee tasked to come up with a win-win solution has made little progress.

And as intense lobbying continues, ODM leader Raila Odinga on Monday, 7th September, met Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, who has been rooting for a formula that won’t hurt any county

ODM Leader Raila Odinga (left) with Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala (right).

It is understood that Raila may have convinced the senator to back the elusive Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) proposal, which will see some 18 counties lose millions of shillings.

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