Raila urges Senate to resolve revenue sharing deadlock

Written By: KNA

Orange Democratic leader Raila Odinga has asked the Senate to resolve the revenue sharing deadlock to ensure that services are not hampered at the county level.

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Raila said the deadlock in the Senate was already being felt at the devolved units with governors staring at a possible interference of their development programs.

The Senate, he said has the responsibility of fast-tracking the process and come up with an agreeable formula on revenue sharing to ensure that no county is disadvantaged.

Addressing the media in Kisumu on Friday, Raila asked Senators to be sober while debating the issue saying it was the only sure way of ensuring that each county gets an equitable share of the national cake.

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Even though the house was still divided on the revenue sharing formula, Raila said there was still a window to have the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) incorporate the missing aspects.

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“The commission based its formula on health, agriculture, population and land but they have said they are ready to consider pastoralism, wildlife, blue economy and mining which are some of the issues raised by the senate while debating the proposal,” he said.

The process, he said must take advantage of the available data in order to come up with a formula that is accurate.

Whichever formula will be agreed upon, Raila said the senate must come up with a moratorium to ensure that no county gets less than what was allocated during the last financial year.

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Raila distanced himself from the ongoing clamour for 2022 general elections adding that his focus and that of President Uhuru Kenyatta was on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“I don’t want to talk about 2022. The president and I want to correct the past injustices and bring all Kenyans together to ensure that elections are a friendly exercise and no lives are lost because of elections,” he said.

Raila who jetted back into the country after undergoing treatment abroad said he was fit and energized to drive the process to the next level.

The BBI, he said was on course adding that soon alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta will receive the report and make the findings public.

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“There are issues which are purely administrative which we shall hand over to the executive at the county and national level to implement. Matters that require legislation shall be taken to parliament, “he said.

He added that issues that require a referendum shall be taken to the people to make a decision lashing out at those opposed to the plebiscite.

“There are those who are saying there is no time and that to hold a referendum is expensive. This is not the case. Elections in this country are expensive because of corruption in the procurement systems,” he said.

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