Divisions rock senate over proposal to have Kilifi county funding reduced by sh. 1.2 billion

Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo addresses the press.Division has rocked the senate over plans to reduce funding to counties and chanell the funding to other counties PHOTO: DAVID NGUMBAO.

An uproar has erupted among senators in the senate over the new proposals by the commission of revenue authority which will see coastal region counties among counties set to have their allocations slashed by billions of shillings.

It has emerged that coast region will be the worst affected if the formula is effected by the senate where the six counties lose a whopping seven billion shillings in total.

In a press conference, Narok senator Ledama Ole Kina, Mombasa senator Mohammed Faki, Kilifi senator Stewart Madzayo and Kisii senator Prof Sam Ongeri vehemently blasted the Kamukunji team which was formulated by Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka to come up with an amicable solution in the new CRA formula on the allocation of funds to counties.

The senators accuse forces outside the senate of masterminding schemes clandestinely to see the new formula through.

They said that there are also schemes by the Kamukunji team to see the new formula sails through unopposed in the senate.

Kilifi senator Stewart Madzayo complained that it is unfair to reduce funds allocated to marginalized counties to other counties saying such move will kill devolution.

They warned that if the new formula is adopted by the Senate, then they will opt to shoot down the financial bill which will permit funds to be wired to counties this year.

“If this is effected we will shoot down the financial bill on the budget of this year when it comes to the senate. You can not take away food from a poor child then give it to another child with food.”Madzayo said.

They insisted that the government ought to have increased funds to counties instead of deducting funds from some counties to others.

Wajir senator Ali Ibrahim whose county is worst hit threatened to Institut impeachment motion, against West Pokot senator Samuel Phoghisio who is also majority leader whom Ibrahim accuses of masterminding the passage of the report.

Other counties affected include Narok, Nyamira, Kisii, Kitui, Wajir Garissa, Isiolo, and  Samburu.

In the new formula CRA, assigns health 15 percent, basic share 14 percent, agriculture 10, while the population has been weighted 18 from 45 percent in the current formula.

The landmass has been assigned five percent and urban areas are given the same weight too.

 Kwale will lose Sh1.2 billion and Kilifi Sh1.1 billion.

Mombasa will lose (Sh682 million), and TanaTiver loses sh499 million.

The worst-hit counties include. Mandera which will lose Sh2.09 billion, Wajir will forgo a whopping  Sh1.4 billion.

The beneficiary counties include Kiambu which will gain (Sh1.3 billion), Nairobi (Sh1.2 billion), Uasin Gishu (Sh923 million), Nandi (Sh788 million), Kajiado (Sh765 million), Nakuru (Sh744 million) and Laikipia Sh660 million).