BY Eddy Nyadwa and Julius Gacheru, NAIROBI: Legislators from pastoral community have urged senators to reject the proposed revenue sharing formula that is set to be adopted on Tuesday after failure last week. The leaders from arid and semi arid areas assert that the third generation revenue allocation formulae will deny their region Sh 17 billion.
Led by Wajir North MP Ahmed Ibrahim, they leaders want the senate to reach a consensus that will not have any losers in the allocation.“We want to appeal to those who voted yes to that formula to look beyond political inclinations and personal gains and consider the impact on the 19 counties that will lose funds meant for critical needs such as health and water.” Said the Wajir North legislator
In its third generation revenue sharing formula, the Commission on Revenue Allocation has proposed disbursement of funds based on devolved functions. This is a sharp departure from the first and second sharing formula where population, basic equal share, poverty, land area, development, personnel emolument and fiscal responsibility were the key parameters
The ASAL counties occupy more than 75 per cent of Kenya’s total land mass and also the most disadvantaged by the new county revenue sharing formula. Leaders from Mt, Kenya region have been vocal and rallying for a one man one shilling.
However, the leaders have disputed the claim that Mt. Kenya region is sidelined in revenue allocation compared to its population. The nine counties have a population of 8.5 million, representing 18 per cent of the national total. In 2020/201 allocation, they received 53.3B, being 17 per cent of the total county revenue. On per capita basis, Ksh 316.5B will work out to Ksh 6,600 per person. On per capita, it works out to about Ksh 6,200. Hence the region recieved more that than their share of one man one shilling mantra,
“we are not asking for a favor or begging for what is not rightfully and legally ours. We are demanding for equity, fairness and acceptable revenue sharing formula that will unite this country. We ought to be sensitive in eradicating poverty and developing regions that have been neglected by successive governments” He added.
The pastoral leaders further argue that in the allocation, Nairobi received 16B, that is about 5 per cent, despite contributing 60 per cent of the tax revenue. Similarly, Mombasa got 7B, about 2 per cent of the county allocation compared to 20 per cent revenue generated at the port.