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Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro Has Criticized Senate For Failing To Pass One Man One Vote one shilling formula t



Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro Has Criticized Senate For Failing To Pass One Man One Vote one shilling formula t

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro has criticized senate for failing to pass the one man one vote one shilling formula that had been proposed by the commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA).

Ndindi has said densely populated counties, especially in the Mt. Kenya region, have still been disadvantaged by the new formula.

The formula proposed by CRA would have seen 29 counties gain more revenue while 18 lost. It also proposed fiscal prudence and fiscal efforts as parameters for sharing revenue but it caused sharp differences among senators, hindering its adoption.

The MP said the 11 counties that comprise the region have a population of 10.78 million collectively received Sh. 77.9 billion, with each person receiving Sh. 6,800. This is against the national per capita allocation of Sh. 7,890.

“Using the national per capital allocation, the region ought to have received Sh. 84 billion, meaning it received Sh. 10 billion less,” the MP said.

Out of the Sh. 53 billion the government will allocate to the counties from the next financial year, the region will receive Sh. 12.1 billion instead of the Sh. 12.2 billion it should receive.

Ndindi singled out Murang’a County that has received Sh. 7.1 billion against its rightful share of Sh. 8.2 billion.

This is even as sparsely populated counties such as Isolo, Samburu, Wajir, Mandera, Turkana, Marsabit,  Garissa, Kwale, Tana River that collectively have a population of 5.6 million people received Sh. 72.2 billion.

A population half that of Mt. Kenya got almost the same allocation with its per capita allocation amounting to Sh. 12,000, he said.

“These counties also benefit from the equalization fund. Tana River especially has a per capita allocation of Sh. 20,000 while Isiolo and Samburu each got 17,000 yet counties such as Kiambu got only Sh. 4,500,” the MP noted,

On Thursday, senators who have failed to pass the third basis formula 10 times adopted the third basis sharing revenue that ensured no county lost funds.

The new formula has eight parameters and prioritizes the basic share (20 per cent), population (18 per cent), health (17 per cent), poverty level (14 per cent) and agriculture (10 per cent).

Other parameters are weighted at land size (eight per cent), roads (eight per cent) and urban area (five per cent).

Senators however voted to retain the old formula through-out the current financial year after which the new one will take effect until 2025.

But Ndindi noted that the one man one shilling one vote formula that many recommended to the Building Bridges Initiative committee has not been achieved.

“Yesterday was a sad day for the people of the Mt. Kenya region. The President should sit them down again and ensure they come up with fair formula,” Ndindi said.

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