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Senators on Tuesday failed to agree and voted to adjourn the disputed debate on the Revenue Sharing Formula.

Senators voted 34-26 to adjourn the sitting. That was the seventh time the debate is being adjourned.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen had moved a motion requesting senators to give discussion another chance.
"Give dialogue one more chance and a conversation on how to find a way forward," Murkomen said.

"I want to beg and request my colleagues, we have a chance, Jubilee and ODM are here with us and Uhuru is our president and Raila is also our leader."

Murkomen said the senators should unite Kenyans fairly than causing division to the marginalised counties.

"Why would Senate be a House where we cannot bring unity to the country?" he posed.

"We need to conclude so that those who are losing, lose a little money and vice versa."

Describing that the Senate cannot close its eyes on the events in the Senate, members should have listened to Siaya Senator James Orengo last week.
"We cannot close our eyes. I wish we listened to Orengo last week. If we look at the formula some people are going to lose and we have the confidence to say that Kenya is about the population?" he said.
"Let us give reason and opportunity to all."

Vihiga Senator George Khaniri seconded the adjournment saying that it will give senators sufficient time to guarantee equity.

"I want to plead here, what enjoyment will you have when there is food on your table and your brother is starving," he said.

"Any formula must ensure that no county loses what they already have."

But Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi said, "I oppose this debate Mr speaker. Do we resolve by extending the gridlock or we resolve it now?"

"At this point and time, the way forward is to deal with the problem at hand and dispose of it."

Senator Wamatangi said counties do not have money to run.

"I do not think that it is helpful to adjourn this process. Continuing with the debate does not mean that we are ignoring millions of people in this country," he said.

"We proceed with the discussion and have a resolution and ensure services are delivered in this country."

One of the formulas whose debate was to resume on Tuesday afternoon following last week’s adjournment was sponsored by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja.

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