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Senators to reject Raila’s directives over revenue sharing formula

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga may face rebellion as some senators choose to reject his proposal.

According to the senators, the revenue sharing formula is set to marginalize their regions further. They further claimed that they would not vote for it just so that they can unite the party.

Senators opposing the formula include; Kilifi’s Stewart Madzayo (ODM), Taita Taveta’s Johnes Mwaruma (ODM), Kwale’s Issa Juma Boy (ODM), Lamu’s Anwar Lotiptip (Jubilee) and Tana River’s Ali Wario (Wiper).

“This is not about party positions but personal to us Senators from the Coast. We will be further marginalized if this bill is passed. Our region has, for long, been neglected. We are not going to give in for the sake of devolution. The basic amount that any county should get is the shareable revenue in the last financial year,” Madzayo said on Monday the 27th of July 2020.

Mwaruma further added that counties had already planned their budgets, and this new formula would only mess things up.

Let’s end the disputes.

However, Narok Senator, Ledma Ole Kina urged the senators to pass the revenue sharing formula. According to him, this would end all the ongoing disagreements at the senate.

“There is no way we will be divided on this. We shall vote for Kenya, and we will not divide Kenya. My brothers in the Coast, North and Eastern regions, we must stand together on this,” Ledama tweeted.

Irungu Kang’ata also praised Raila for taking a bold stand with the revenue sharing formula. Earlier on, he had questioned ODM leaders’ loyalty, further adding that disagreeing with the method would cause Jubilee senators to question the BBI.

“We appreciate the bold statement by Raila on this matter. It moves the discussion forward. I do also celebrate other national leaders (among them Deputy President William Ruto) who have issued statements on the matter,” Kang’ata said.

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