The Senate witnessed yet another drama episode ahead of another heated meeting set for Monday, August 17, to discuss the County Revenue Allocation Formula for the ninth time.
This was after Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his Nairobi counterpart Johnson Sakaja accused the Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka of bias.
The two legislators argued that Lusaka was pulling dirty tricks to ensure that his favorite side gets the nod for their formula.
According to Murkomen, the Speaker has convened a special meeting on Monday, but he is busy doing rounds in various city hotels lobbying Senators to support an adjournment motion to be moved by Senator James Orengo in the same sitting.
On his part, Sakaja called on Lusaka to maintain his integrity and treat all parties equally as they looked forward to narrowing down on one formula.
The duo is lobbying for Meru Senator Mithika Linturi’s formula, a perception which the Speaker seemingly differs with.
Murkomen and Sakaja accused the Speaker of favoring the formula proposed by the government.
In Senator Linturi’s proposal, 19 counties will lose Sh1.8 billion as compared to Sh17 billion contained in the disputed formula proposed by the House Finance committee.
The other proposal is the one man, one shilling formula.
Those supporting the one man one shilling formula argue that it will ensure fairness and equity as the funds will be distributed proportionally, creating a major breakthrough in realizing meaningful devolution.
The ongoing revenue debate has as well divided MPs and Governors who have weighed in on the issue, asking the Senators to speed up the process.
Former Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo declared that he would be proposing a petition to the members of the public to sign for a referendum in revenue sharing in response to Sakaja and Murkomen’s expose.
The Senate has been postponing the debate following the Senators’ failure to agree on the way forward regarding Revenue Allocation Formula.