Breakthrough reached in revenue sharing formula

Thursday, September 17th, 2020 13:59 |
Senators Ledama ole Kina (Narok), Stewart Mwadzayo (Taita Taveta), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet), Johnson Sakaja (Nairobi), Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka Nithi) and Enoch Wambua (Kitui) outside the Senate buildings in the past. Photo/PD/SAMUEL KARIUKI

A 12-member Senate committee established to unlock the revenue sharing formula stalemate has made a breakthrough in the long awaited search for “white smoke” that will pave way for an acceptable third basis of sharing revenue among counties.

The committee co-chaired by Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja and his Bungoma counterpart Moses Wetangula which in its previous attempts had run into trouble, on Thursday morning developed consensus on the formula to be tabled in the House this afternoon for debate and possible adoption.

In the new formula, which was not readily available to People Daily, has secured that none of the 47 counties is losing even a coin in their annual allocation.

People Daily understands that the Senate Business Committee (SBC) lead by Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has agreed to prioritise the revenue debate by amending the order, in addition to briefly suspend its sittings to allow members to briefly attend an informal meeting better known as Speaker’s Kamukunji, where the Wetangula-Sakaja led team will appraise the House and how the Sh366.5 billion will be shared out in the next financial year 2021/2022.

After the Kamukunji, the matter will be put to debate and possibly voted for.

“Deal”, senator Sakaja tweeted, as his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen said: “Done Deal White.”

Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina tweeted: “White smoke finally!” as Makueni’s Mutula Kilonzo Junior said “smoke”

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