Some senators collected bribes, faked arrests to block disputed revenue formula - Raila Odinga


ODM leader Raila Odinga with Taita Taveta MCAs
ODM leader Raila Odinga with Taita Taveta MCAs. FILE

ODM leader Raila Odinga surrenders and called his people to withdraw from the disputed debate on revenue formula and use the current formula.

Raila further asked the Senate to abandon all the changes in the revenue sharing formula and instead maintain the existing sharing formula.

"We want the Senate to permit counties to get allocations as it was done last year. Once we pass the BBI, allocation to counties shall be increased to at least 30 per cent," he said.

The former Prime Minister blamed a section of senators of being hell-bent on thwarting the implementation of projects in counties through the revenue sharing deadlock.

He added that some senators had faked arrests to avoid taking part in the passing of the revenue sharing bill. He was referring to the arrest of Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, Christopher Lang’at (Bomet) and Stephen Lelegwe (Samburu).

"We have a report that those who collected bribes to divert the bill had to call the police and fake arrest. The arrests were fake," Raila said.

And in a rare show of unity, Taita Taveta County political leaders have promised to actively support the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition chief Raila Odinga.

Governor Granton Samboja on Thursday led other county leaders to speak on a public rally at Mwatate where they enticed residents to support the Building Bridges initiative BBI.

The rally was attended by among other ODM leader Raila Odinga and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. 

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