North-Eastern leaders photo
North-Eastern leaders. FILE

Arid and semi-Arid Lands (ASAL)  legislators under Pastoralists Parliamentary Group have urged Senators to continue shooting it down the One shilling One man revenue sharing formulae bill.

Led by their chairman Alois Lentoimaga (Samburu North), vice chairman Bashir Abdullahi Sheikh (Mandera North), secretary-general Rehema Dida (Isiolo County), Ali Wario Guyo (Garsen), Qalicha Gufu Wario (Moyale), Nasri Sahal and Sophia Abdinoor (Ijara) said that Kenyan democracy guarantees that we all move forward as one nation where equity prevails.

“It should be noted that we are not here to ask for a favour or beg for what is not rightfully and legally ours. We are here today demanding for equity, fairness and an acceptable Revenue Sharing formula that puts this country together which is also not based on factors that will disadvantage our people,” the MPs said.

“Unfortunately, what we are seeing now is an attempt to take us back to the era of channelling resources to already developed regions at the expense of deserving areas. The people of our region are Kenyans and we deserve to be treated like everyone else,” they added.

“The Mt. Kenya leaders’ sense of entitlement and false claims that they contribute 60% of the Country's GDP while receiving only 20% of the revenue share is not true,” they said.

“The nine counties have a population of 8.5 million, representing 18 per cent of the national total. In 2020/21 allocations, they receive Sh53.3 billion, being 17 per cent of the total county revenues. On per capita basis, Sh316.5 billion will work out to Sh6,600 per person. This region’s allocation works out to per capita of Sh6,200. Hence, if the sharing is on population which they deem essential, they got more than their share of one man one shilling mantra.”

Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata and Senate majority leader said the battle to have the third basis revenue allocation formula utilised is far from over.

The Murang'a senator said though the formula that seeks to have revenue allocated based on population was shot down by senators, it still has a chance to be passed next Tuesday.

“For the first time since divisions in the party started, 16 senators from both factions came together to support the formula out of the 22 that were for the adoption of the formula,” Kang’ata said.

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