Reggae is still on? Raila pinpoints what Coast counties will lose if BBI fails completely
Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader has said six coastal counties will lose a total of Ksh22.6 if Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum bill fails.
Speaking when he met ODM delegates in Mombasa on Saturday, Raila said the loss would be huge and urged the coastal residents to hope for the best as the country waits for the outcome of the BBI appeal in the Supreme Court.
According to BBI, Mombasa County was to have its allocation rise by Ksh4 billion; from the current Ksh7 billion to Ksh10.9 billion.
Kwale’s share was to rise by Ksh4 billion; from the current Ksh7.78 billion to Ksh11.8 billion.
Kilifi’s allocation was to rise by Ksh7 billion; from current Ksh10.4 billion to Ksh17.3 billion.
Tan River was set to get additional Ksh724 million; from the current Ksh5.85 billion to Ksh6.57 billion.
Lamu was to rise from the current Ksh2.59 billion to Ksh2.99 billion, an addition of Ksh400 million.
"Strangely, the people who opposed these increases still think this region should trust them with its future. Very strange indeed," he said.
Raila said he will continue agitating for more funds to coastal counties and increase of shareable revenue to counties from the current 15 per cent to 35 per cent.
"You need these billions to provide hospitals, schools, roads, modern markets, clean water and electricity," he added.