Relief for coast counties in revenue allocation formula

Senate speaker Ken Lusaka. PHOTO; courtesy

A Senate special sitting convened by senate speaker Ken Lusaka has failed to resolve a formula which will be used to disburse sh.316 billion shillings to counties.

Commission on revenue allocation came up with a formula which was to be adopted by the senate which 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.

However, this formula was strongly opposed by Senators from the coast, Northeastern and Rift Valley, Eastern, and Nyanza regions whom their counties were to be adversely affected if the new formula was to be adopted.

For the fourth session, the Senate failed to discuss the issue after it emerged that the mover of the matter was not in the house prompting speaker  Lusaka to postpone the matter to next week.

” Now that the mover of the motion is not here, my request would be that we consider adjourning to a later date so that we make conclusions on the matter,” Lusaka said.

But speakers move did not go well with some senators who blasted him in the manner he of handling the matter and lack of commitment from the side of majority leader Samuel Poghisio and the Senate Finance Committee.

“We should impeach Speaker Lusaka for adjourning the Senate unlawfully.”Senator Mutula Kilonzo junior protested via  his social media platforms

If the proposals go through as per the CRA, Kwale county will lose Sh1.2 billion and Kilifi Sh1.1 billion.

Mombasa will lose (Sh682 million), and Tanariver 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).