Revenue Stalemate: Uhuru Hosts Raila Ahead of Crucial Senate Vote

By State House Spokesperson, Kanze Dena

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday, 15th September, at State House, Nairobi, convened a leaders’ meeting to discuss the county revenue sharing stalemate in the Senate.

The meeting, which was attended by rormer Prime Minister Raila Odinga and chairman of the Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya, resolved that depending on the financial performance of the economy, the government will, in the next Financial Year (2021/22), allocate an additional Ksh 50 billion to the counties to strengthen devolution.

With this undertaking, the President urged Senators to urgently resolve the revenue sharing stalemate in the Senate to avoid the disruption of service delivery in the counties.

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The Senate was represented Samuel Poghisio (Majority Leader), Irungu Kang’ata (Majority Chief Whip), James Orengo (Minority Leader) and Fatuma Dullo (Deputy Majority Leader)

Also present were Senators Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated) and Johnes Mwashushe Mwaruma (Taita-Taveta).

The meeting comes amid claims that Senator Mwaruma has been offered the position of Senate Minority Whip for him to back the formula.

The seat is currently occupied by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, who was absent at the State House meeting.

According to former Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet), the Taita-Taveta lawmaker has been lured to accept Malala’s post in exchange of “betraying his people”.

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“Ndugu @mwarumamtetezi don’t sell Taita-Taveta for 30 pieces of silver,” Murkomen tweeted.

President Kenyatta and Raila have been pushing for the proposal by the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) while Deputy President William Ruto believes the state-backed formula is elusive.

Dr Ruto advised the House to find a middle ground rather that hurt some counties for others to benefit.

Additional reporting by Robert Mwangi.

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