All is not lost in the revenue sharing bill, Says Kang’ata
Wangari Njuguna and Njange Maina
Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang'ata has said the battle for the revenue sharing bill is not lost yet and there is hope to have it sail through coming Tuesday.
Kang'ata said he did his best to lobby the Jubilee to support the bill and he is putting extra effort to bring on board other senators who voted against it.
Speaking in Kiharu Murang'a, Kang'ata said he managed to unite the two factions of Jubilee who came together to support the bill.
"16 out of the 22 senators who voted for the bill were from the Jubilee party and they put their differences aside to fight for the interest of the people," he said.
He said he is not going to relent until this bill is passed adding that he is fighting for the interest of all the people but not for one region.
Kang'ata pointed out that the previous Senate failed to debate on the bill but this time they are going to take the 'bull by its horns'.
"I am confident that we are going to pass this bill come Tuesday because it's all for the interest of the public and we are fighting for equal sharing of the resources" he said.
"Those who are celebrating should hold their breath for now and stop chest-thumping," he added.
Kang'ata, however, said it was also clear that the opposition leader Raila Odinga betrayed the spirit of handshake as well as the people of Mt Kenya.
"Out of the 25 senators who opposed the bill, 18 of them are from ODM and larger NASA coalition" he said.
His sentiments were echoed by Members of Parliament Ndindi Nyoro(Kiharu), Rigathi Gachagua(Mathira), and Moses Kuria(Gatundu South) who said its now clear that Mt. Kenya region has alot of enemies.
The trio said its now clear that the opposition leader is a hypocrite and has no good intention for the people of the central region.
They accused Raila of secretly mobilizing the senators to shoot down the bill despite publicly declaring his support for it.
"Odinga had told the senators to support the bill but at night he sent them a message not to support it and we have evidence to prove this," said Gachagua.
The MP vowed to fight to ensure the bill sails through saying they will not sit back and watch their people being exploited.
"We are not begging for equitable sharing of resources but demanding what is right for our people," he added.
Ndindi Nyoro said for a long time the counties in the North and Eastern have been getting a lion share of the revenue despite them contributing very little to it.
"We cannot be having areas which are densely populated getting less than the areas which have lesser people," said Ndindi.
He said it's high time leaders from the region come together and talk about the future of the region.
"If we don't have this bill adopted at this time that Uhuru Kenyatta is the head of state, we can as well forget about it completely," he added.
Moses Kuria said they might have to reconsider their stand on the BBI pointing out that it's doesn't make sense to support it and on the other hand shoots down the bill which proposes equitable sharing of resources.
He also said from now henceforth, they shall only be negotiating with supporters of the bill because the opponents have no good intentions for the people of Mt Kenya.
"Our friendship shall be based on how you treat this debate because we now know who our friends are," he added.