Raila Odinga, Peter Kenneth, Francis Atwoli and James Orengo photo
Raila Odinga, Peter Kenneth, Francis Atwoli, David Murathe and James Orengo at Francis Atwoli residence. FILE

ODM leader Raila Odinga now pushes his Senators to pass the disputed revenue sharing formula.

Odinga has tasked Siaya Senator James Orengo to lobby for votes and push all ODM Senators.

The leaders met at Cotu chairperson Francis Atwoli’s home in Kajiado County.

In the meeting were former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth and Jubilee vice-chairman David Murathe.

Kenneth, who is racing the Mt Kenya Kingpin succeeding President Uhuru Kenyatta confirmed that the meeting had been organised to discuss the matter that has caused sharp divisions in the Senate.

The adoption of the proposed formula by the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) that prioritises population as a parameter of revenue allocation has been postponed six times after senators failed to agree.

Kenneth confirmed that Raila agreed to rally his senators to support the formula and that Siaya Senator James Orengo was charged with the role of bringing the leaders together.

“It is true we met with Raila to discuss, among other things, the disputed revenue sharing formula. We all agreed that the formula has to go through on Tuesday,” he said.

Kenneth also remarked that top on the agenda of the meeting was finding ways of using the handshake to ensure the third basis formula is passed.

Out of the 25 senators who opposed the formula on Tuesday, 18 were allied to the National Super Alliance (Nasa) led by Raila while the rest were members of the Jubilee party.

Last week, Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata pledged to guarantee that the formula sails through on Tuesday.

Kang’ata, however, noted that he had been able to heal the divisions in the Jubilee Party by bringing on board both Kieleweke and Tanga Tanga senators to support it.

“This is the first time since the divisions formed that both factions have worked together,” Kang’ata said.

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